The NBA trade deadline is an exciting time of year. Star players are moved around and teams go from title contenders to “just wait ’til next year.” Anything can happen at the NBA trade deadline which was Thursday, February 6 at 3p.m.
In this article I will highlight some of the moves that were made yesterday in the NBA.
The Miami Heat are considered a winner after this year’s deadline. The Heat have added Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill and Andre Iguodala to the roster and were able to shed the contracts of James Johnson and Dion Waiters. The Heat did lose a young and promising player in Justise Winslow who is now in Memphis playing on a team led by the electric Ja Morant.
The Minnesota Timberwolves started the season 10-8. They’ve gone 5-27 ever since, including 17 consecutive losses in games played by Karl-Anthony Towns. Minnesota has struggled all season on both sides of the ball. You would think a team with Andrew Wiggins and Towns shouldn’t be struggling as much as they are, but this is not new. Wiggins is supposed to be a star. He’s a great player. I witnessed him in person take every bit of air out of Spectrum Center a few years ago when he hit a deep three to send the game into overtime (Minnesota won that game by double-digits). The Timberwolves just couldn’t get a successful product on the court.
Yesterday the Golden State Warriors agreed to trade D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota in deal that included Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 top-3 protected first round pick and a 2021 second-round pick. Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman were also moved to Minnesota in the deal. If you follow either player on social media, you’d know that KAT and D-Lo are good friends. I wouldn’t expect an immediate change in the record books for Minnesota, but maybe some good chemistry is all this team needs.
The Detroit Pistons sent star Center Andre Drummond to Cleveland for virtually nothing. The Drummond era in Detroit has come to a close. Drummond, who’s averaging 17.8 and 15.8 while shooting 53% from the field, was traded to Cleveland for John Henson, Brandon Knight, and a 2023 second round draft pick.
Detroit has been shopping Drummond fearing they wouldn’t be able to get him back this summer in free agency. Drummond will be one of the bigger names in free agency this summer which means he may be getting a big pay-day. Drummond has a $28.8 million player option on his contract that Detroit didn’t want to pay. Cleveland pretty much bought up the rest of his contract for the remainder of the season.
I’m excited to see how Drummond fits with Kevin Love. It is obvious that Drummond isn’t the ideal player Cleveland needs to turn-around this abysmal stretch they’re going through, but the price was too good not to get him. Drummond will most likely be in Cleveland until the end of the season and opt-out of his player option and become a free agent. That’s when the real fun will begin.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers are battling each other to see who’ll be the title favorite for the rest of the season. One LA team made a move yesterday, the other did not.
Marcus Morris will be of help defensively to an already superior defensive team. Morris averages 19.6 points a game and shoots 44% from the field and behind the perimeter. At 6-8, 235 he’s another stout defender that Clippers’ opponents have to look out for.
The Rockets acquired Timberwolves’ Robert Covington and traded Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night as part of a four-team, 12-player deal. The Timberwolves acquired two first-round picks in this trade.
The Rockets are going smaller. P.J. Tucker is 6-5, 245 and is now Houston’s starting Center.
Houston’s starting Center is only 4 inches taller than me. I am a mortal. Houston will play athletes who aren’t mere mortals like you and me and they stand 7-feet tall. I do not see this small-ball idea working throughout the playoffs. I will admit, if one team were to be successful with this style of play it’d Houston. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the show.
Strap in, folks. NBA All-Star Weekend starts next Friday and then we’re in the final stretch of the NBA season.
I can’t wait for the 2019-2020 NBA Playoffs. It’s going to be one for the books.