The trade window opened this past Tuesday, and it has kept fans extra glued to Twitter for updates once again. How can we not, right? The NBA’s off-season is unlike it’s counterparts – NFL, MLB, NHL, and all other football leagues.
While it hasn’t provided the blockbuster deals we’re anticipating, though, *cough* James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets *cough*, it still delivered a couple of major changes that are sure to add excitement in the upcoming season. Let’s take a look at each:
Milwaukee Bucks – New Orleans Pelicans
Bucks get: Jrue Holiday
Pelicans get: Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, five first-round picks (two are pick swaps)
This is a move done to give the Bucks’ a much-needed boost, with the end goal of enticing Giannis Antetokounmpo into re-signing with the team. They gambled by giving up a trio of future picks, but they did what they had to do. If they believe that things will work out, those picks shouldn’t matter.
Jrue Holiday is an excellent addition. He’s an upgrade over Eric Bledsoe, who has also showcased a string of poor playoff performances.
The Pels should be pretty happy with this deal. Holiday has already peaked with them, and the first-rounders are quite the addition to their rebuild. It gives them more chances to draft talent to bolster their strong young core of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball.
Phoenix Suns – Oklahoma City Thunder
Suns get: Chris Paul, Abdul Nader
Thunder get: Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, 2022 1st round pick
This is much like the Bucks’ move. It’s the Suns’ attempt to keep its current stars, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton, interested in the franchise.
Though it’s tough since Rubio and Oubre had career years in 2019-20, it’s pretty obvious that the Suns are not going anywhere in the West with such a core. In their situation, any time a future Hall-of-Fame point guard like Chris Paul is in play, you take it.
Paul, a master facilitator and basketball savant, should be able to raise Booker and Ayton’s game. He’ll be very beneficial to the bigs when he’s on the court, and Booker will be provided with an opportunity to get mentored on the finer points of playmaking.
The Thunder, as you know, are trying to get as many first-rounders as they can. Even after yesterday’s draft, they still have double-digit first round picks over the next five years.
LA Lakers – Oklahoma City Thunder
Lakers get: Dennis Schroder
City Thunder get: Danny Green, 2020 1st (28th pick Jaden McDaniels)
The Lakers are in need of a point guard and third reliable scorer, and they look to get both with the acquisition of Dennis Schroder, who’s coming off a Sixth Man of the Year-worthy campaign. The trade is also rooted to Rajon Rondo likely signing elsewhere in free agency – quite possibly the rival Clippers.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti, arguably the best in the business, has flipped Danny Green and Jaden McDaniels for Al Horford, yesterday’s 1st round pick Aleksej Pokusevski, and a 2025 1st rounder.
Portland Trail Blazers – Houston Rockets
Blazers get: Robert Covington,
Rockets get: Trevor Ariza, 2020 1st (#16 Isaiah Stewart), 2021 1st
The Blazers have been looking to lock-up their three spot ever since Nicolas Batum bolted for the Charlotte Hornets. While some guys have done a good enough job, Robert Covington may be the most encouraging out of all them – not to take anything away from what Trevor Ariza and Carmelo Anthony did last season.
Clearing up cap room, the Rockets have since traded Trevor Ariza (along with the pick), who was supposed to be in his third stint in Houston, to the Detroit Pistons for an undisclosed future 1st round pick.
Golden State Warriors – Oklahoma City Thunder
Warriors get: Kelly Oubre
Thunder get: 2021 1st round pick (Top 20 protected)
The Warriors received heartbreaking news earlier today that Klay Thompson is expected to miss an entire season for the second-straight year. The All-Star guard sat out the 2019-20 season due to a torn left ACL, and will now deal with a torn right achilles.
To somehow make up for the loss, the Dubs traded for Kelly Oubre Jr., who’ll be in his third team in four days. Oubre is a ‘3 and D’ wing coming off the best season of his career, and looks to be a good fit with the run-and-gun Warriors.
The Thunder will have a good chance to keep the pick as the Warriors are still poised to be a serious playoff contender, thus leaving the selection in the 20s in next year’s draft.
Dallas Mavericks – Philadelphia 76ers
Mavericks get: Josh Richardson, 2020 2nd (36th pick Tyler Bey)
76ers get: Seth Curry
This looks to be a good trade for both sides. The Mavericks are thin at the three position, so two-way swingman Josh Richardson is certainly an upgrade. They also picked up a rookie workhorse forward in Tyler Bey.
The Sixers, meanwhile, finally get that much-needed shot-creating guard in Seth Curry. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to remain as a good role player.
LA Clippers – Brooklyn Nets – Detroit Pistons
Clippers get: Luke Kennard
Nets get: Landry Shamet
Pistons get: 2020 1st (19th Saddiq Bey)
This looks okay like an understandable deal for the Pistons and Nets. The Pistons have replaced Luke Kennard with Ariza, a more experienced three, and Saddiq Bey, while the Nets have passed up their 1st round pick for a more established point guard in Landry Shamet.
The Clippers appears to have the upper hand in this trade. Kennard is a good, young wing player with an efficient outside shot, which allows the Clips secure an extra contributor. Losing Shamet is okay if they are confident in getting Rondo or a different point guard in free agency.