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NBA Trade Talk: Thoughts After The Deadline

 

The second part of this article goes through three more transactions that were noticeable at the trade deadline, including one by two teams in the middle of the playoff race in the East and the West.

Bulls acquire Anthony Morrow, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Cameron Payne from the Thunder for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 2nd round pick

This is an interesting trade for both parties. Gibson provides the Thunder with a defensive presence which may replace what they were missing last season with the departure of Serge Ibaka and now they have depth at power forward. McDermott is someone who can score from the perimeter, shooting nearly 40% from three point range and has length at the small forward position. The Thunder may have made this move to improve on the defensive end, as they allow 106 points per game so far this season.

Chicago gets two guards in Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow, which adds to an already stacked backcourt with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo starting plus Michael Carter-Williams, Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine as part of their reserves. The Bulls may move Valentine to the small forward position (he may be a better fit for them there anyway) and have Morrow contribute as a shooting guard behind Wade. Payne is projected to be a key backup for the Bulls at point guard and may step up to be the starter in the future for Chicago. Lauvergne was behind Kanter and Adams in Oklahoma City which meant very little playing time. He will be splitting time with Cristiano Felicio at center behind Robin Lopez.

Both teams are at the 7 spot in the playoff race and want to get to a higher spot by the end of the year with this move.

Raptors acquire P.J. Tucker from the Suns for Jared Sullinger and 2nd round picks in 2017 and 2018

The Suns look to be building for the future with this trade. They got two second round picks from Toronto and while Sullinger was part of the deal, he may not be part of the Phoenix roster due to his injury to his right foot which had him missing most of the season. On the flip side, the Raptors get someone to add to the depth at the forward position and bolster their defense with P.J. Tucker. He gets around 5 rebounds a game on the defensive end and could assist with defending the perimeter. The Raptors are at the 4 spot in the playoff race right now and if they want to wait until the conference finals to face the Cavaliers, then they would have to make a push in these next 25 games to improve their seeding.

Nuggets get Roy Hibbert from the Bucks for a future 2nd round pick

Hibbert has been a player on the move the past couple of years, as he was a key component to the Pacers at one point (you may remember his presence in the paint against the Heat in the playoffs a few years ago)…but since then he has not been much of a presence for the teams he has been on – the Lakers last season and the Hornets this season. Now he is on the Nuggets where he will add to the depth at center and help them hold on to the last spot in the playoff race. Milwaukee gets a second round pick and frees up space on the cap as they won’t have to worry about Hibbert’s contract, and they can look to the future where they can make moves in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

 

 

[Photo Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports]

 

 

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Thoughts After The Deadline – Part 2
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