Check the winners and losers after the NBA Trade Deadline.
They are on pace to hit over 1,100 3 pointers, and that was prior to acquiring the 6th man front-runner Lou Williams. In a trade with the Lakers, Sweet Lou is having a great year with minimal minute consumption at only 24.2 and is currently shooting 39% from 3PT, 88% FT and 18.6 PPG all career bests. The Rockets to me just became the 3rd best team in the League with an arsenal of shooters with MVP candidate, James Harden.
New Orleans Pelicans
The surprise blockbuster of the NBA was acquiring DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi for practically nothing from the Kings. Now the Pelicans have the best front court in the NBA with the Brow 27.7 PPG / 12 RPG / 2.2 AST / 2.5 BLK + Boogie 27.8 PPG / 10.6 RPG / 4.8 AST / 1.3 BLK = Deadly AF! They are one good PG away from really being something incredible. Word has it that Boogie has stated he won’t sign an extension with any team he is traded to, but by the looks of it, maybe he will sign with the Pelicans.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Walking Triple Double just got help! OKC traded for Taj Gibson (11.6 PPG / 7 REB) and Doug McDermott (10.2 PPG) greatly increasing their win probability and adding more bullets to the Westbrook gun. Maybe the addition will attract Durant back, if not they sure look good for upcoming Free Agents.
Just got better on defense and faster on transition by picking up Ibaka from Orlando for Terrence Ross. Ibaka is going to be a better offensive player (15.1 PPG) than Ross with a huge presence in the paint with his 1.6 Blocks. Granted they are not the top contender in the east, but they sure got better and fun to watch.
They gave up the best center in the league for an under-performing 6th Pick (Buddy Hields), re-acquired an injury prone Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a top 3 protected pick. The worst part of this trade is the lying and secretive handling by the Kings Front, reassuring Boogie’s agent they were “not trading him and intending on signing long term.” On Feb. 6th Vlade went on ESPN and stated “We’re not trading DeMarcus. We hope he’s here for a long time”.
Hatred for and relief of riding Boogie from the organization from the play by play announcer Grant Napear “There has been a dark cloud over this franchise for years! That cloud is now gone”, “The Kings just became a team again!” and so on.
Los Angeles Lakers
All I have to say, best scorer off the bench IN THE LEAGUE, 4th quarter closer, 24 minutes per game, vet-leader having career highs, so best the Lakers can get, on Magic’s first day and trade mind you, is Brewer and a 1st round pick (which will end up being a late draft pick)… Paul George, Boogie and Jimmy Butler were all out there. Could’ve packaged him up with a pick, Nick Young and a lower tier young player or packaged him with Deng and rid that ugly ass contract.
They are the 2nd best team in the East thanks to their young brilliant coach, young nucleus and surprise star Isaiah Thomas. I know they are 1 key player from really overtaking the Cavs. With 4 potential draft picks in 2017 something could’ve been made to get better with proven talent as oppose to drafting and developing, maybe they can shock the world come playoffs.
Any team with Roy Hibbert as their trade target and destination just did badly. The once promising Center was traded to the 3rd team (Hornets-Bucks-Nuggets) this year for a future 2nd round pick. He won’t be available to play for at least a week and has been having the worst scoring performance, rebounding and blocking. Fortunate for Denver they have youth…?
As of right now, The Mavs acquiring Nerlens Noel was great because he has been underperforming, and will have the opportunity now to show what he can do. He and Harrison Barnes are going to look good in the long run. So I’ll go with a Winner.