NBA 2018 Trade Deadline Recap
Now that the NBA trade deadline has passed for the 2017-18 season, it’s time to take a look back at each team’s moves and what they could mean for the rest of the season. With a deadline day that, unlike years past, came before All-Star Weekend, players find themselves in new homes just before a few days of festivities and celebration. Let’s recap each move that was made last week.
Cleveland Cavaliers trade G Isaiah Thomas, F Channing Frye, 2018 first-round draft pick to Los Angeles Lakers for G Jordan Clarkson and F Larry Nance Jr.
In the first of an unprecedented number of deadline day moves, the Cavaliers sent the former Celtic point guard and an aging Frye, getting both a younger guard and forward in return. Nance Jr. ends up in the city where his dad has his NBA jersey retired after playing for the Cavs in the 80s. IT gets a fresh start after coming to Cleveland in the Kyrie Irving deal over the summer. The relationship never worked and, after some recent comments, it was clear that Thomas wasn’t happy with his situation.
Cleveland Cavaliers trade G Dwyane Wade to Miami Heat for second-round draft pick
Wade takes his talents back to South Beach where he spent the first 13 years of his career. In one of multiple Cavs moves involving aging players, the team gets a future pick while Wade can now retire as a member of Miami when he’s ready.
Cleveland Cavaliers trade G Derrick Rose and F Jae Crowder to Utah Jazz for G Rodney Hood and trade G Iman Shumpert to Sacramento Kings for G George Hill.
Jazz guard Joe Johnson was also sent to Sacramento where he was waived by the Kings. He’ll join the Houston Rockets. For Cleveland, the theme of dumping aging players continued, and the result is a talented veteran in George Hill as well as a perfect second-unit presence in Rodney Hood.
New York Knicks trade F Doug McDermott to Dallas Mavericks, get Denver Nuggets G Emannuel Mudiay and future second-round draft pick
Another three-way trade results in the former lottery pick point guard Mudiay in New York. Dallas guard Devin Harris ends up in Denver along with a 2018 second-round draft pick. Meanwhile, the Mavs get a young forward with some great potential and the ability to shoot from distance.
Orlando Magic trade G Elfrid Payton to Phoenix Suns for 2018 second-round draft pick
Phoenix absolutely wins this trade, as it gets a consistent point guard. His passing ability and penchant for getting to the hoop will certainly help out the play of promising, young players like Devon Booker and TJ Warren. Orlando ends up with a second-round draft pick. It’s not exactly a blockbuster deal for the Eastern Conference squad.
Memphis Grizzlies trade F Brice Johnson and 2022 second-round pick to Detroit Pistons for F James Ennis
Detroit adds a three-and-D guy in James Ennis. There’s no tank for the Pistons after adding Ennis and, oh yeah, Blake Griffin. Ennis will certainly provide some good minutes off the bench and, if the team continues playing well with Griffin on the court, he’ll have a shot at some playoff minutes as well. Memphis gets a young forward and former Tar Heel Brice Johnson, who was immediately assigned to the G-League affiliate Memphis Hustle to further his development.
Chicago Bulls trade draft rights of F Milovan Rakovic to Portland Trailblazers for F Noah Vonleh.
Vonleh wasn’t realy playing in Portland and he’ll likely see some minutes on a mediocre Chicago Bulls team. He provides youth and rebounding ability. Meanwhile, dumping Vonleh gets the Trailblazers out of the luxury tax, which is a big win.
Detroit Pistons trade F Willie Reed and 2022 second-round draft pick to Chicago Bulls for G Jameer Nelson and 2022 second-round draft pick
Pistons Head coach Stan Van Gundy reunites with a guard from his Orlando Magic tenure in Jameer Nelson. He’ll provide some veteran leadership and help off the bench while guard Reggie Jackson rehabs an injury. Chicago waived Reed, who is serving a suspension for a domestic violence incident.
Brooklyn Nets trade G Rashad Vaughn to New Orleans Pelicans for F Dante Cunningham
After coming over from Milwaukee, Vaughn’s time in Brooklyn was very short and he ends up on the Pelicans. Cunningham, who wanted out of New Orleans, should provide good minutes for the Nets but it’s not a game changer by any means.
Miami Heat trade F Okaro White to Atlanta Hawks for F Luke Babbitt
Miami gets some three-point shooting – and a former player – in forward Luke Babbitt. Nothing too exciting though.
Atlanta Hawks trade future second-round draft pick to Washington Wizards for G Sheldon Mac
No court impact with this trade, as Mac is recovering from a preseason ACL tear. Not much to see here.
There you have it. Another trade deadline has come and gone. Now, it’s time to sit back and see how these moves impact the rest of the season. Cleveland already seems like a rejuvenated squad after blowing out the Celtics in the first game featuring their new players. It’ll be interesting to see if they can keep it up.
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