NBA Trades

The NBA trade deadline was on Feb. 23, when NBA teams can no longer trade their players until the season is over. There were a couple important, strategic moves for teams. Let’s talk about three trades that I thought were big on Feb. 23 or happened earlier that week.

DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans Pelicans (Feb.19)

It was a great move by the New Orleans Pelicans, adding a big star player to help out Anthony Davis with leading the team into a playoff spot this season. The Pelicans sent Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick that is top-three protected and a 2017 second-round pick for DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings.  Davis  is averaging 27.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks this season, while Cousins is averaging 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks this season. Those stats are similar to what Tim Duncan and David Robinson had back in the day playing together. Both Cousins and Davis are able to spread the floor, get into the paint and hit couple of three pointer here and there in game. While Cousins does have 4.8  assists this season and Davis has 2.2 assists this season, they both intend to get the ball moving around, so their teammates can score besides them. As for the Kings, who said they wouldn’t trade Cousins all season long, ended up trading him in the end. They do get a young, talented player, Buddy Hield, that can shoot the ball, but why would you trade Cousins, who has been your star player along for your team and tried so hard to get the Kings into the playoff, now? Also Kings, you just gave the Pelicans a frontcourt threat.

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(Photo courtesy of The Undefeated) Cousins is on the left and Davis is on the right   

Serge Ibaka to Toronto Raptors (Feb.14)

The Raptors sent Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick that is lottery protected for Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. Serge Ibaka is averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Although those stats don’t seem big,  Toronto do need a shot blocker to protect the paint and a guy that can spread the floor and shoot ball. Serge Ibaka is that guy for the Raptors and going to do just that. This also makes the Raptors become more of a threat to the Cavaliers and Celtics, in the Eastern Conference. As for the Magic, they got Terrence Ross, who can shoot the ball and dunk the ball to put on a show.

Doug McDermott/ Taj Gibson to Oklahoma City Thunder (Feb.23)

It was a bold move by Oklahoma City Thunder to send Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne to the Chicago Bulls for Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round pick. McDermott is a shooter on the floor and will be able to help Oklahoma with that. Gibson is a great rebounder and defender that will help Oklahoma stay in the playoff. As for the Bulls, they got Payne, who is young and talented, and Morrow and Lauvergne, who can shoot the ball from the floor. It was a bold trade from both sides that will help their teams push more in the playoffs.