Assessing the NBA Trade Deadline

Assessing the NBA Trade Deadline

  If you read my last article, you probably learned that this year’s deadline was more predictable than usual. Charles Barkley could have called some of these deals…okay maybe not, but still. While most owners and general managers spent the last 24 hours of the deadline on the phone with other executives around the league, Mark Cuban spent his time engaging in Twitter wars with Bleacher Report and Trump supporters. The Warriors would have most likely been more involved in the sweepstakes for wingmen on the trade block if Durant’s injury had happened before the deadline, but the bright side is that this gives them yet another year to use a knee injury as an excuse for not beating Cleveland in the finals. Oh and did I mention the Knicks suck? There was much hype about a possible blockbuster deal involving Jimmy Butler or Paul George, but the biggest name dealt was Demarcus Cousins. Apparently, the Pistons offered the Kings Drummond for Cousins but Vlade Divac determined it would be very un-Sacramento Kings-like to improve the roster, so they settled for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and that other guy who’ll be in the D-League by mid-March. Nevertheless, here are my winners and losers of this year’s deadline. Winners Houston Rockets What the Rockets got in Lou Williams might be less of an impressive feat than what they gave up for him. Corey Brewer hasn’t hit a shot since Game 6 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals in 2015 and the Rockets appear to be getting a pick in the late 20’s in this upcoming draft. Aside from the Rockets taking...
Six Things That Could Happen Before the Trade Deadline

Six Things That Could Happen Before the Trade Deadline

From the Phil-fiasco in New York to the demise of a promising and talented roster in Chicago, this season has been full of surprises. Spoiler alert: don’t expect the days leading up to the trade deadline to be any different. Teams like the Celtics and the Rockets appear to be a move or two away from becoming the powerhouse of their respective conference, while the influx of big men in Philadelphia will most likely lead to one of their first-round frontcourt guys packing their bags. LeBron, a front office executive, coach and small forward for the Cavaliers, will most likely get what he wants in the form of a veteran point guard, and it appears that Phil Jackson is willing to trade Carmelo Anthony for a Kobe Bryant bobble-head at this point. Here are six scenarios that I believe would make sense to happen before the February 23rd trade deadline. While none of the following are guaranteed, it is all very possible.   One of the 76ers Young Centers Will Be Traded …and it won’t be Nerlens Noel or Joel Embiid. I find the recent Jahlil Okafor trade rumors to ring true. In a day and age where the amount strong backcourt players seem to outweigh the big men in this league, young guys like Okafor have some serious value. It’s borderline ridiculous for the 76ers to hold onto three young centers, especially with their sub-par guard play. While the Sixers could go for the immediate fix and trade for a guy like Brandon Knight who seems to be on his way out of Phoenix, look for Jahlil Okafor...