The NBA trade deadline has come and gone just like that. We were expecting a quiet deadline but we couldn’t have been any more wrong. It started with the monster 4 team trade that sent Clint Capela to Atlanta and Robert Covington to Houston and ended with D’Angelo Russell joining his buddy Karl Anthony Towns in Minnesota. Trades came in hot and heavy in between.
Let’s take a look at the Winners and Losers.
D’Angelo Russell: Russell got the contract he wanted in the offseason from the Warriors and now he gets to play with his best friend Karl Anthony Towns. Russell will get to be the leader and floor general that he was with the Nets but now gets to do it alongside a top 15 player in the league. If the Wolves can get some outside shooters they can be dangerous.
Clint Capela: Capela was a prominent part of the Rockets’ offensive plans a few years ago but times are different now in Houston. Capela finds himself in Atlanta playing alongside Trae Young and John Collins. Capela will get to run the pick and roll with Young the same way he used to with Harden. Capela gives Atlanta a new big 3 to build around. Capela will make an immediate impact on both sides of the court.
Marcus Morris: He got traded from the Knicks to the Clippers. Need I say more?
Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies turned Andre Iguodala into Justice Winslow. Iguodala made it clear he didn’t want to be in Memphis. Instead of just cutting Iguodala they turned him into Justice Winslow. Winslow alongside rookie star Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, and Jaren Jackson Jr. will be quite a formidable unit for years to come. Exciting times ahead for the Grizz.
Robert Covington: He will have plenty of chances to shine in Houston. He made an immediate impact in his debut in Houston helping the Rockets to a 121-111 victory in LA against the Lakers.
Golden State Warriors: The Warriors signed Russell in the offseason with the idea of trading him for assets. They did exactly that. They landed Andrew Wiggins and a potential top 5 pick in this coming draft. That’s a huge haul for a rental player. Come 2021 the Warriors are in prime position to compete for a title again. Wiggins has a good chance to succeed in Golden State playing off the ball with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons traded Andre Drummond to the Cavaliers for pennies on the dollar. For Drummond, they acquired Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a 2nd round pick. They also failed to move Derrick Rose or Luke Kennard for any future assets.
Andre Drummond: Is there anything worse than being stuck in Detroit? How about being stuck in Cleveland? Drummond was rumored to be traded to the Celtics, Heat, and Hawks. He gets Cleveland. Tough break.
Los Angeles Lakers: The Clippers added depth, toughness, and scoring with Marcus Morris and Isiah Thomas while the Lakers stood pat. The Lakers could feel that they have enough on their roster to win it all or they could look for someone like Darren Collison if he chooses to come back. Either way, it’s never good when your greatest competition gets better.
Danilo Gallinari: Let me be clear, the Thunder are my surprise team of the season. I’m sure Gallo is having a blast playing alongside CP3. However, if he could have ended up in Miami he just may have been the missing piece they need to get by the Bucks in the Eastern Conference.
Orlando Magic: The 8th seed is theirs for the taking. I’m not sure why they didn’t try to add additional outside scoring to help Vucevic and Fournier out.
New York Knicks: They’re the Knicks. Enough said.