The 2019 NBA Trade Deadline was surely filled with moves. From big trades to small ones, a decent amount of players will be repping new cities across their chest after today's activities. So which teams had a good deadline?
First off, we can say that the Eastern Conference absolutely went all out. Specifically the Sixers, Bucks Raptors.
The Sixers (on Tuesday night) acquired Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet and a few picks. With this move, the Sixers have made it clear they want to contend now. A lineup of Simmons, Reddick, Bulter, Harris, and Embiid is definitely one to be reckoned with. Adding Harris to an already star-studded cast is definitely a win for Philly. But they were not done there. They also shipped out Markelle Fultz out to Orlando, which makes sense if they truly want to make an elite push now, as Fultz is still a project. The Sixers added Jonathan Simmons and a couple picks for Fultz and also got James Ennis in another deal, giving them some bench help.
Philadelphia 76ers: Big win
The Bucks also had an interesting day. Or rather couple days. Milwaukee traded Thon Maker for Stanley Johnson and then parlayed Stanley Johnson into a deal for Nikola Mirotic. This, as subtle as it may be, is a good move for the Bucks. They now have a forward that can stretch (and OPEN) the floor. We all know how well Giannis Antetokounmpo plays with an open floor...
Milwaukee Bucks: Small win that will go a long way
The Raptors have completely nose-dived into a "let's win a ring" mode. Regardless if Kawhi Leonard is planning on sticking around, the Raps front office is clearly trying to build a team that can get the job done this year. Toronto sent out Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and Jonas Valanciunas (plus a worthless pick) to Memphis in return for Marc Gasol. That is a damn good piece to add into a top-tiered East team
Toronto Raptors: Win
Now, outside of the Eastern Conference a couple teams had a sneaky successful deadline.
The Clippers. LAC got enough in return for Harris that it made the trade a true win-win. Harris was rumored to leave in free agency for nothing, so they turned that tidbit of information into a potentially very good unprotected first-round pick from the Miami Heat. The Clippers also made some space by shipping out Avery Bradley, which will now free up some cap space. The Clippers are ready to make a push for both Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant. They also now have a decent amount of future draft picks to either use or make a push for a bigger trade in the offseason. Point being, they have some good options.
LA Clippers: Sneaky, sneaky win
The Kings, who are looking to make the NBA Playoffs this season added a great piece in Harrison Barnes. This was completed on Wednesday night. The Kings got Barnes for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson. So, I will say it, that is a steal.
Sacramento Kings: Big win
I would also say that the Mavericks and Knicks both "won" their respective side of the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Barring, the Knicks sign a marquee free agent or two with their cap space.
The Bulls getting Otto Porter is a pretty good pick up.
What about the Boston Celtics?
I get it, the Celtics stood pat at the deadline while the East went all out. However, the Celtics 1000 percent won this trade deadline. With Anthony Davis not being moved, it solidifies that the Celtics will at least be in the running to land him. Had Boston remained quiet and Davis were moved, it would be an entirely different narrative. But luckily, that is not the case.
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