The Wild Wild West: NBA Trade Deadline

By DJ Harding 

Before February 6th, there was only one trade with the Lakers acquiring Rui Hachimura, sending Kendrick Nunn and 2 second round picks to the Washington Wizards. Then , as February 9th, 3pm, was fast approaching, the past 3 days were filled with trades that turned teams into contenders and threats and watched others do a complete rebuild. Here are all the trades that happened right before the trade deadline

The Trade Frenzy started with Kyrie Irving requesting a trade and officially ending his Brooklyn Tenure as on February 6th The Brooklyn Nets sent him and Markieff Morris to the Mavericks for Spencer Dinwidde, Dorian Finney-Smith, along with a first (2029) and two second round picks.

February 7th saw 2 trades go down as Dewayne Dedmon and a second round pick were shipped off to San Antonio Spurs while the Miami Heat would receive cash considerations. Also, the Brooklyn Nets would send Kessler Edwards and cash considerations to the Kings for the draft rights of David Michineau.

There was no action on February 8th but with under 24 hours left the trades would come flying in as the blockbuster trade of this year deadline came at 1am on February 9th as Kevin Durant would end the short lived era of the big 3 of James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and himself being the final member to be traded. Durant would go in a 3 team deal that would later expand to 4 involving the Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, and Indiana Pacers.

Phoenix Suns Received: Kevin Durant  and T.J Warren

Brooklyn Nets Received: Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, Juan Pablo Vaulet 4 first round picks (2023, 2025, 2027, 2029) with 1 first round pick swap (2028) all from Phoenix and 2 second round picks (2028, 2029) both from Milwaukee.

Inidana Pacers Received: George Hill, Serge Ibaka, and Jordan Nwora along with 3 second round picks from Milwaukee and cash considerations from Brooklyn.

Miluakee Bucks Received: Jae Crowder

About an hour before an experiment out West also came to an end as Russell Westbrook was part of a 3 team deal and ending the big 3 that were Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Russelll Westbrook The 2 teams involved are the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Utah Jazz.

Los Angeles Lakers Received: D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Jarred Vanderbilt

Minnesota Timberwolves Received: Mike Conley, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and 3 second round picks 1 from LA and 2 from Utah

Utah Jazz Received: Russell Westbrook, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Damian Jones, and a Lakers 2027 1st round pick.

Some of the smaller trades involved the Spurs moving multiple players for picks as the Spurs sent Jakob Poeltl to the Raptors for Khem Birch, a 2024 first round pick and 2 second round picks (2023,2025). The Spurs would also send Josh Richardson to the Pelicans for Devante Graham and 4 second round picks (2024, 2026, 2028, and 2029).

In other smaller moves, The Boston Celtics added Mike Muscala from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Justin Jackson and 2 future second round picks. The Phoenix Suns would also trade with the Thunder sending Oklahoma City Dario Saric and a second round pick for Darius Bazley. The Los Angeles Clippers would also join the deadline frenzy acquiring Mason Plumlee from the Charlotte Hornets, sending them Reggie Jackson and a 2028 second-round pick. The Houston Rockets would also get involved in the Trade frenzy sending Bruno Fernando and Garrison Matthews to Atlanta for Justin Holiday, Frank Kaminsky, and 2 second round picks.

The rest of the day would see multiple 3 or 4 team deals going down with the first Involving both Los Angeles teams with the Lakers and the Clippers along with the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic. 

Denver Nuggets Received: Thomas Bryant 

Los Angeles Lakers Received: Mo Bamba, Davon Reed, and a second round pick

Los Angeles Clippers Received: Bones Hyland

Orlando Magic Received: Patrick Beverly a 2024 second round pick (Denver) and cash considerations from the Clippers 

Another big 4 team deal involving the Detroit Pistons , Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, and Portland Trail Blazers would also go down today with the main headline showing the Warriors move on from former number 2 pick James Wiseman and bring Gary Payton II back home.

Detroit Pistons Received: James Wiseman

Golden State Warriors Received: Gary Payton II and 2 second round picks from Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks Received: Saddiq Bey

Portland Trail Blazers Received: Kevin Knox and 5 future second round picks

The Los Angeles Clippers would be part of another multi-team deal this time involving the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, and Houston Rockets.

Los Angeles Clippers Received: Eric Gordan and 3 future second round picks

Houston Rockets Received: John Wall, Danny Green, and a protected pick swap from the Clippers

Memphis Grizzlies Received: Luke Kennard

The final big trade that happened involved the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, and New York Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers Received: Jalen McDaniels and 2 second round picks

Charlotte Hornets Received: Svi Mykhailiuk and 2 second round pick

Portland Trail Blazers Received: Cam Reddish, Matisse Thybulle, Ryan Arcidiacono and a first round pick from New York

New York Knicks Received: Josh Hart

Tons of teams made moves with certain aiming for a playoff push. But the story of the deadline is the Nets shipping off their stars out West, complicating an already tight Western Conference, making it more wild than it already was.

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