It's that time of year again folks…. IT IS TRADE SEASON! Woj bombs and trade rumours are filling our twitter feeds, and fake accounts are coming out of the woodwork - So let's take a look at what's been going on so far and what could go down before the trade deadline.
As most of us, if not all, know that on Sunday night DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, teaming up with fellow all-star Anthony Davis. “The Kings confirmed Monday that they traded Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and its 2017 first-round and second-round pick to Sacramento.”
I don't personally know what you guys think about this trade, but to me (and seemingly everyone) it is an INSANE and unthinkable thing to do by the Kings front office. Sacramento are the 9th seed and just 1.5 games back from the 8th seed, a franchise that has been starved of playoff basketball for over 10 seasons! Well there goes your FRANCHISE player who is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds, and there goes your playoff chances for the foreseeable future. I don't think there is anyone in the world who could convince me that this was a smart/good move by Vlade Divac. You get rid of your leading scorer/rebounder/playmaker in exchange for a rookie (Buddy Hield) who hasn't shown even a glimpse of star potential, some spare parts (Evans/Galloway) and a 'stab in the dark' draft pick.
Many have a difference in opinion about how well the combo of Davis and Cousins will work. The way I see it is the pairing will work nicely - they aren't selfish players, and no matter who they're against, they're gonna get theirs on the basketball court. With these bigs in the paint it is going to open up things on the perimeter for players like Jrue Holiday and others to knock down shots. They will draw double teams on the inside and if the paint happens to get crowded either one of them can drift out to the wing and knock down jumpers as well as handle the ball if it need be. I think these guys have a really good chance of taking the 8th spot in the West, provided they work out. A first round match-up between Golden State and New Orleans would be nothing short of entertaining!
Another trade that has just been finalized today, was Lakers guard Lou Williams being sent to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a 1st round pick.
Maybe it's just my personal thoughts on the matter, but I think this was another lopsided trade with one huge benefit compared to one big loss. Lou Williams is leading the league in scoring off the bench (18.6ppg) and his new teammate Eric Gordon is 2nd (17.2ppg). The Rockets are already the 3 seed in the Western Conference with a potential MVP in James Harden and a team that was not expected to be where they are this season and now they just added the highest scoring guy off the bench to add to their firepower, and I think Lou with thrive with everyone else in the Mike D’Antoni system. Williams is averaging a career-high in points at 18.6ppg, a career best 3-point percentage at 39%, and is shooting career high 88% from the free-throw line. All the benefit of this trade goes to the Rockets with no real benefit on this season to the Lakers. Also, let's not leave out that this trade was made by newly appointed President of Basketball Operations in LA, Magic Johnson. So as my first judgement of his first move goes, I'm sure you all could gather how I feel about this move on his part. There have been clear winners and losers of trades that have gone down so far, later on in the week hopefully we'll see more mutually beneficial deals done.
Now let's talk about all these other trade rumours circulating around the NBA and who could land where.
It has been rumoured that the Pacers are in trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about Jahlil Okafor, which was just recently reported tonight. This is not a trade I see happening pre-trade deadline because I don't see how it improves the Indiana Pacers really because of all the guys on that roster trying to grow as players and expand their roles. Pacers are looking for help for Paul George and Jahlil Okafor is not the answer and especially not on the defense end of the ball. He is a back to the basket guy which they already have in veteran Al Jefferson, who plays better defense than Okafor despite age. Not to mention they already have a rising star in Myles Turner. Indiana just needs to end those talks and look elsewhere for help.
The Nets are open to discussions involving trades for Brook Lopez, asking price went from 2 first round picks to a 1st & 2nd round pick. No possible trade speculations have been released about Lopez, but you can expect some in the coming days.
Lastly there has been a huge amount of trade buzz surrounding the Boston Celtics today with names like Jimmy Butler, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony being put out there. Melo still hasn't waived his no trade clause in his contract so he isn't going anywhere until that is waived. Butler on the other hand has a had little more talk surrounding him. The Celtics are already a good ball club with Isaiah Thomas leading the charge, I'm not sure Jimmy Butler is exactly what they need. I actually agree with what Stephen A Smith said this morning on First Take on ESPN that Boston should look at possibly trading for Carmelo instead of Jimmy. They have Mr. 4th Quarter in Isaiah Thomas with a solid team surrounding him with good defense and a decent overall scoring team, but if they added another player like Carmelo that you could rely on with the ball in the end of games and to get you some shots and make them as well. His scoring has been praised his entire career for a reason and on multiple occasions in recent years being called the best scoring player in the league. Who knows what could happen in the coming days looking at all that has happened so far, but you can bet to see more unexpected trades to go down soon.
Written by Drew Ivery