Another tumultuous deadline for the NBA’s midseason trade has come and gone. Many teams waited until the last minute to work their magic to secure the players they needed to position themselves favorably towards the playoff push, while some downsized. While there was one player many expected to be traded elsewhere didn’t create any breaking news, it was the little things that made the headlines. From top to bottom, we’ll take a look at the winners and losers of the trade deadline and how that will shape the NBA landscape. Let’s start by shouting out the trade deadline winners.
Winner: Miami heat. Specifically, Pat Riley. The Heat, like any notable contender, were looking to acquire Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors, but no deal could ever begin. Instead, the Heat went to their next option when they traded Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley to the Houston Rockets for Victor Oladipo and traded Chris Silva and Moe Harkless for Nemanja Bjelica.
In other words, Miami has earned its third star and a must have great man by giving up the minimum in return. This strategy was a classic Pat Riley tactic, play chess, not checkers.
Although the Heat are currently in a six-game losing streak, that will change once Oladipo and Bjelica make their debut in the squad. Additionally, Miami has two open spots and while they were lucky enough to get LaMarcus Aldridge, that won’t stop them from acquiring a great and high quality wing player.
Winner: Chicago Bulls. The Chicago Bulls are feeling really good about themselves right now. Not only did they acquire Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic, but they also acquired Al-Farouq Aminu, boosting their frontcourt depth with Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen at the helm.
The Bulls are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but with the star power they’ve gained they could make waves towards the playoffs, even if that means they would have to play for the bottom two. standard for the playoffs. . Add a rising star like Coby White, along with bench players like Troy Brown, Mo Wagner and Daniel Theis, Chicago will be the main contenders going forward.
Winner: Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets needed another star to help Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, and in doing so, they acquired Aaron Gordon from Orlando for Gary Harris and traded Isaiah Hartenstein in Cleveland for a returning Nuggets player to JaVale McGee. The addition of the top-flight Gordon deepens Denver’s attack, giving them some variety.
Whether it’s Jokic’s European style of play, Murray’s dazzling score on the pitch, or Gordon and McGee’s aerial assault with their dunks, Denver has it all to be a very dangerous team in the Conference. Where is.
Already tied for fifth place with the Portland Trail Blazers, the Nuggets are looking to climb the ranks and enjoy every possible advantage to reach the standings they need for the playoffs, especially with McGee’s experience in the playoffs. final, after winning championships with the Golden. State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. If last season’s playoffs are any indication of what Denver can do, then it’s just the start of something bigger.
Winner: Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles has stars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, plus an NBA champion in Serge Ibaka, but the one thing they needed most was a general on the ground. The Clippers got exactly that when they traded Lou Williams to the Atlanta Hawks for Rajon Rondo. Rondo’s experience as a leader is very meaningful to the Clippers, as evidenced by his experience in the NBA Finals, winning two championships.
The core of Rondo, Leonard and George will help solidify the Clippers. Los Angeles will continue to embark on their playoff push and hopefully a long playoff run to the Finals.
Winner: Portland Trail Blazers. Much like the aforementioned Nuggets, Portland also won another scorer, this time being Norman Powell of the Toronto Raptors after trading Gary Trent Jr. The acquisition of Powell gives the back duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum a third wheel. to release more of their attack. , who also claims Carmelo Anthony and Enes Kanter.
Portland is currently tied for fifth place with Denver, which means the race for positioning in the West. Expect the Blazers and Nuggets to play spoiler and fight for deep positioning in the coming weeks leading up to the playoffs. Now that we’ve mentioned the winners, it’s time to check out the losers.
Winner: Brooklyn Nets. Yes, the Brooklyn Nets weren’t very involved in the trade deals, but they stood out in the buyout market when they acquired LaMarcus Aldridge. Already loaded with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and recently Blake Griffin, Brooklyn is still the hottest team in the NBA.
Despite being in second place in the Eastern Conference, they are still in a great rush to get out of the East and favorites to win the NBA Championship. This theory could be entirely on paper, but once fans see the chemistry and how this team comes together, Brooklyn will either be a force to be reckoned with or a team of ego.
Losers: Orlando Magic. The Orlando Magic have been on a downward slope this season, but it hurts even more to have to lose Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Al-Farouq Aminu. Orlando is now in rebuild mode once more, but this time they will have to build around Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr. time before Magic are contenders in the East again.
Losers (sort of): Toronto Raptors. All eyes were on Kyle Lowry during the mid-season trade deadline and teams like Miami and the Philadelphia 76ers were on his radar. By the end of the trade deadline, Lowry was still a Raptor because Philadelphia would be doing their own business, just like Miami. Toronto lost Norman Powell, but recovered Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood from Portland. The Raptors are stuck between trying to fight for a play-in for a playoff spot and entering the draft lottery. For now, they still have Lowry, but for how long is the real question.
Losers: Houston Rockets. How much did Houston lose after James Harden left? The Rockets acquired Victor Oladipo from the Indiana Pacers, as well as a few players from the Brooklyn Nets. Now that Oladipo has left for Miami and Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley are in his shoes, the Rockets are now an island team, even more, John Wall is an island man who is the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets are now looking to rebuild themselves through the draft, but the real question is, what are they going to do with John Wall? Will he stay with the Rockets or find a new team to play for?
Losers: Los Angeles Lakers. What are you saying? How can the Los Angeles Lakers be losers when they really haven’t done anything during the midseason trade deadline? Consider the current state of the Lakers right now. Anthony Davis is injured and LeBron James is indefinitely absent with a sprained ankle. These two injuries put the Lakers in a vulnerable position.
As the Lakers sought to bring top-notch talent to Hollywood, no deal could ever be made. With the trade deadline behind us, there is always a chance to find a theft in the buyout market.
And these are the winners and losers of the trade deadline. The playoff push continues as the NBA season continues, and for more recaps and information as the NBA season goes on, keep it here on World in Sport.