The B in the NBA can mean “business,” for all we know.
The trade deadline of the National Basketball Association (NBA) has passed with the New Orleans Pelicans deciding to hold on to top prize Anthony Davis.
Aside from that, there were other trades that merited just as much of our attention. One playoff team improved its depth by adding shooters and trading a former first-round pick. Another team surprisingly let go of its “Unicorn,” a young player displaying an astonishing combination of athleticism and skill.
This is the NBA, a business as much as it is a sport; players are shipped from one team to another in a moment’s notice. Here are some teams that benefited from the trades:
The New York Knicks
Barely a day after Kristaps Porzingis voiced doubt over the team’s direction, he was traded to Dallas. The Knicks also sent Trey Burke, Courtney Lee, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. to the Mavericks, thereby freeing up as much as $74.5 million in salary cap space to possibly acquire a superstar free agent—or two (think Kevin Durant) this summer.
The Knicks, meanwhile, got their fair shares of good picks on the trade: Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, and Wesley Matthews. In respect to that, their letting go of Porzingis the ‘Unicorn’ has got them good ballers in return.
The Philadelphia 76ers
They acquired Tobias Harris from the LA Clippers, and then sent Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic to acquire Jonathon Simmons. Ever since trading Dario Saric and Robert Covington for Jimmy Butler, the 76ers have been seeking depth to make a serious run at the Finals. They did right in trading Fultz, who has no timeline to return to action.
The Toronto Raptors
Just as we were getting tired of seeing Marc Gasol just waiting to end another disappointing season in Memphis before drinking wine in his hometown in Spain, the Raptors have acquired him. A three-time All Star and 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, it’s clear how Gasol can help the Raptors’ frontline.
The Milwaukee Bucks
We saw how Nikola Mirotic played well with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans last season. But his skills seem to be more valuable when he soon plays with the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks. Wow.
The Chicago Bulls
They got rid of Jabari Parker’s expensive contract and got a quality player in Otto Porter Jr. from Washington.
Featured image by Roc Verdera.
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