The 2017 NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, leaving the world of basketball…relatively unchanged. Now that the dust has settled, find out all the deals that went down and which player has now switched teams.
While there weren’t a lot of huge deals before the 3 PM ET deadline on Feb. 23, there were still a few surprises that changed the face of the NBA. While Carmelo Anthony, 32, Derrick Rose, 28, Jimmy Butler, 27, and Paul George, 26, all stayed put, despite all the rumors of deals, here’s what actually happened:
DeMarcus Cousins joins the New Orleans Pelicans
The Sacramento Kings sent DeMarcus, 26, (and Omri Casspi, 28) to the Big Easy for Buddy Hield, 23, Langston Galloway, 25, Tyreke Evans, 27, a Top-3 first-round 2017 Draft Pick and a second round 2017 Draft Pick, according to Fox Sports. Fans and experts have called this deal the equivalent of the Kings trading the cow for a bag of magic beans, as Sacramento practically gave away a 3-time All-Star.
Lou Williams is now a Houston Rockets
The Los Angeles Lakers decided to send Lou, 30, off to Texas. In return, LA gets Corey Brewer, 30, and a future first-round pick. Lou may help Houston compete for the NBA Championship, while Corey is now part of Lakers President Magic Johnson’s, 53, rebuilding efforts. The Rockets also sent K.J. McDaniels, 24, to the Brooklyn Nets for “cash considerations,” while the Lakers traded Marcelo Huertas, 33, to the Rockets for Tyler Ennis, 22.
Ersan Illyasova and Nerlens Noel say good-bye to Philly.
Tiago Splitter, 32, and a second-round 2017 Draft Pick left the Atlanta Hawks for the city of Brotherly Love, while Ersan, 29, leaves the Philadelphia 76ers in his rear-view mirror. Philly also traded Nerlens Noel, 22, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Andrew Bogut, 32, Justin Anderson, 23, and a top-18 first round pick.
The Hawks also unloaded Mike Scott, 28, the draft rights to Cenk Akyol, 29, and cash considerations to the Phoenix Suns. In return, they got a protected second-round draft pick.
Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough relocate to D.C.
The Nets got Marcus Thornton, 29, Andrew Nicholson, 27, and a lottery-protected 2017 first-round draft pick. All they had to do to pull off this magic deal was send Bojan and Chris down to the Washington Wizards.
Phoenix gets Jared Sullinger while shipping off P.J. Tucker.
The Suns got a pair of future second-round picks along with Jared, 24, while the Toronto Raptors get P.J. The veteran should boost the Raptors defense, right in time for the NBA playoffs.
That’s all that went down. What do you think about the trades, HollywoodLifers? Are you enthusiastic or do you think they’re kinda meh?