Picking the best moves of the NBA Trade Deadline

Picking the best moves of the NBA Trade Deadline

Every year it feels like the NBA trade deadline gets busier. This year was no different with a flurry of activity right up until the final second, including some big moves that are seeing some teams prepare themselves to attract big players this summer in Free Agency and others put themselves in a better position to win a championship.

You can track back through the full list of moves in the past week over on our Trade Tracker, but the Double Clutch staff has picked the best trades of the deadline and broken down what it means to the player and the team.

Reggie Bullock to the LA Lakers

By Archie Corbett

Sure, he’s not Anthony Davis. But LA hasn’t had to give up the Staples Center, Chris Rock and Bronny James for him. The only pieces the Lakers have given up in this very shrewd deal was Svi Mykhailiuk who was averaging no more than 3.2 points per game. This deal seems so lop-sided but had gone under the radar somehow. Adding Bullock to this team of misfits could well be the best thing Magic Johnson could have done in this trade deadline and for a team that lacks any real outside shooting, he will bring just this in abundance.

Nikola Mirotić to the Milwaukee Bucks

By Matthew Wellington

Nikola Mirotić and the Mike Budenholzer led Bucks are a match made in heaven.

The league’s second best three-point shooting team can only get better with the addition of the 6’10 power forward. In just 32 games this season, he is averaging career highs in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3), while also making 2.7 three-pointers per game, tied for ninth in the NBA. The move allows the Bucks to play a truly lethal combination of shooters around their star superhuman Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, it remains to be seen how well a frontcourt of Brook Lopez, Mirotić and Antetokounmpo functions in reality, but on paper, and in everyone’s basketball wet dreams, it is the modern NBA perfected.

Two stretch bigs who can play inside and out, next to a juggernaut who has spent half of this season already shooting over the top of double-teams and dishing it out to perimeter shooters. Let us hope that Mirotić has the same major impact on the Bucks that he had last season on the Pelicans, as they waltzed their way to a Western Conference Semi Finals appearance after his monster first-round performances, which included 30 points in Game 3.

Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors

By Tom Wade

The Raptors have got themselves the final piece that they were in desperate need of.

Marc Gasol will dominate the paint allowing his new teammates to focus on the offensive side of the ball.

Gasol also has the ability to spread the floor, which will open up the paint for players like Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam. His pick and roll game will allow Lowry more time to work possessions, which will be brutal.

Toronto has themselves a third All-Star to for their big three and based on that alone, other teams in the Eastern Conference are in for a rough time trying to keep up with this new look Raptors team.

Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks

By Tom Crawford

As controversial as it may be among Knicks fans, moving Kristaps Porzingis (and friends) out west has to be the best trade made during this deadline.

With New York struggling again this season, the eighth seed in the playoffs is out of the question for David Fizdale. The Knicks are never short of drama and this blockbuster trade sent shockwaves around the NBA and is their biggest trade since the Carmelo Anthony acquisition in 2011.

Although the Knicks gave up their only All-Star, their starting shooting guard, an 11-year veteran and the Iverson-esque Trey Burke, they managed to free up enough cap space to sign two max contracts this off season. They also gained an exciting prospect in Dennis Smith Jr. along with two veterans who will likely leave the franchise in Free Agency.

Prior to the trade, they didn’t even have enough room for one max contract, but a smart business move by the Knicks front office is a rare thing and this may have set them up for an exciting few years ahead. With their last playoff appearance in 2013, next season could be the start of something wonderful for frustrated New Yorkers and Knicks fans alike.

Nikola Mirotić to the Milwaukee Bucks

By Timi Awotesu

Forget the fact that they gave away nothing to acquire him (Stanley Johnson, Jason Smith and four second rounders), Mirotic is an offensive beast at the forward position (16.7 points per game on a 55% effective field goal percentage this season), and was a large part for the Pelicans early successes this season.

The Bucks are already second in the league in scoring, but with Mirotić stretching the floor and distributing from the power forward spot, this team becomes even more unstoppable on offense. Coach Bud’s system should be a great fit for his game. He could just be the piece that puts Milwaukee over the edge in the Eastern Conference.

Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors

By Huw Hopkins

It’ll be a sad day when we first see Marc Gasol in a non-Grizzlies jersey with Mike Conley nowhere to be seen, but in reality, the team weren’t going anywhere for the rest of their careers together. However, there is light for Gasol to win a championship, and potentially this season, as he has joined Toronto, with the Raptors a real possibility to win the championship this year, especially having given up virtually nothing to get him. The team still has Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka – that’s basically the seven-man rotation that will be playing in the playoffs, and Gasol will be the eighth the team needs. He is still good defensively, which makes the Raptors an even scarier prospect, but can still be relied upon for a basketb when the game slows down, from the post or beyond the three-point line.

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