NBA Trade Deadline Moves
Thursday the NBA trade deadline came and left dull fashion. A few teams improved their rosters while others made moves to clear up cap space for the future.
The nerve racking week came with many surprises. Some players were traded for a snack pack while others were given offers to no void. One of the biggest moves happened when the Sacramento Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The deal shipped Cousins and Omri Casspi to New Orleans. The Kings receive playmaking Tyreke Evens, rookie shooter Buddy Heild, Langston Galloway and first and second-round picks in this summer’s draft according to Associated Press.
The Pelicans now have two players on their roster who both average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in Cousins and Anthony Davis. These two mountains of men will try and fly New Orleans to the playoffs and a championship in the future.
Other teams wanted to make a splash as well. Speculations buzzed about the two-way forwards, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Indiana’s Paul George, getting traded to a various of teams but nothing came to light.
New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony also remained in the same uniform after all the rumors that surrounded his name. The deals will probably surface during the off season.
Pat Riley, Miami Heat’s president, expressed his opinion on the players who stayed.
“You know where all those big dominoes are? They’re still home, with the exception of one,” Pat Riley said. “I’m sure there were people that probably made some pretty significant offers. … When you have that kind of player … it takes a lot to say, ‘OK, we’re going to let this guy go.’ You stay with the sure thing there.”
Notable deals that came to the fruition were Phoenix moving P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors. The accusation gives them another on-ball defender after adding Serge Ibaka via trade of Terrence Ross. Another trade was The Los Angeles Lakers sending Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer. The Rockets’ trade is interesting as they add the scoring guard to their bench as the already have Eric Gordon. Gordon is another ball heavy guard coming off their bench.
The Dallas Mavericks weighed in as well trading center Andrew Bogut and forward Justin Anderson. They setup shop with the Philadelphia 76ers sending back Noel. Philly also sends Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks for Tiago Splitter.
Lastly, the Oklahoma City Thunder gave their star Russell Westbrook help trading with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls receive guard Cameron Payne, shooter Anthony Morrow, and Joffrey Lauvergne. The Thunder then get Doug McDermott, hustle player Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round pick according to ESPN.
Gibson reacts to his opportunity playing alongside Westbrook.
“That’s my boy,” Gibson said. “I knew since high school. I knew him in college, going against him, but he has always shown me love every time I’ve seen him. He’s a great guy. I’m just hoping to go there and chime in and help any way I can.”