NBA Trade Deadline : Winners & Losers

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 10: Isaiah Thomas #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on February 10, 2018 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA recently had their trade deadline day which saw a flurry of deals. Whilst there is a deadline when deals can be made, you can argue that the biggest deal took place just prior to the deadline when Blake Griffin was traded.

So who won and who lost?

CLEVELAND, OH – FEBRUARY 11: George Hill #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots a free throw during the game against the Boston Celtics on February 11, 2018 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to overhaul their roster in a way that has benefited their team greatly, although I do still have some questions around their defense.

They moved on very quickly from Isaiah Thomas and even managed to move him before Cleveland rolled into Boston right after the deadline.

What did Cleveland do?

Acquired

Rodney Hood , George Hill (Picture Above), Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance

Traded Away

Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye

With the moves they made they managed to put in place a ‘Plan B’ should LeBron move on in the summer. Since making the moves Cleveland have looked much better all over the court and are unbeaten including a big win in Boston on Sunday.

VERDICT : WINNERS

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls finally moved on from Nikola Mirotic who was a player who had become very inconsistent. When the incident between him and teammate Bobby Portis was made public, I fully expected the Bulls to move Portis.

In exchange the Bulls did have to pick up the bad contract of former Bulls player, Omer Asik. A small price to pay considering the Bulls are a team with financial flexibility going forward and they were a good trade partner for a team like New Orleans.

The Bulls have been horrific when Mirotic hasn’t played and if that continues that will only help the Bulls get a better draft position.

They also added Noah Vonleh on the cheap and he will be given time to show whether there is a place in the NBA for him

VERDICT : WINNERS

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers made the moves they needed to, as it looks like they will now make a strong move for free agents in 2018 with the additional cap flexibility.

They acquired Isaiah Thomas (Main Picture) in a win-win scenario as if it doesn’t work out then they can move on from him very quickly in the summer. My gut feeling is that he will not be a Laker next season anyway.

Going out the door in LA were Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

VERDICT : WINNERS

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons made the move they needed to just prior to the deadline when they acquired Blake Griffin.

Blake comes to the motor city and it will be interesting to see how he co-exists with Andre Drummond. If they can make that work come playoff time and still find ways to spread the floor then the Pistons will be a team that could be a tough out in a 7 game playoff series.

Early signs are very good for them as they are playing very well

VERDICT : WINNERS

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers had been mentioned in trade talks all season long regarding De’Andre Jordan and where he was going to land. Jordan didn’t go anywhere and it is hard to see how that can benefit the Clippers going forward.

Instead of moving Jordan, they instead decided to move Blake Griffin and the way they went about it left a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths. They signed him to big money in the summer with the ‘Clipper for Life’ proposal and the mock jersey in the rafters exercise. To move on from that just a few month’s later is a hard pill to swallow.

Bye Blake….er hello again De’Andre

VERDICT : LOSERS

MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 9: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 9, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. . Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

and what of Dwyane Wade? (Picture Above)

Dwyane Wade was dealt to the Miami Heat and TNT Analyst, Chris Webber had this to say about the Heat on a recent conference call:

“I think that they’re a dangerous matchup for anybody in the playoffs and as far as Dwyane Wade, there’s not anyone on that team that I’d rather take the last shot in the playoffs… I think he can absolutely play great in spurts, not like he used to, but in spurts, which you never know what that can do in the playoffs.”

The road to the NBA Finals begins after the All-Star Weekend

NBA All-Star 2018 from Los Angeles will be broadcast on BT Sport 1. Coverage includes:
– Saturday evening/Sunday morning, 1am: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
– Sunday evening/Monday morning, 1am: The 67th NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles