This week in the NBA has not went exactly how we thought it would, but the trade deadline was still a pleasant surprise. The landscape of the NBA just got that much better, competition in the East just got stiffer. Teams are also loading up to clear cap space for two max contracts this forthcoming summer. Although only time can tell how these moves will play out, I will rank their importance.
- Tobias to the 76ers
Nobody really seen this coming it just kind of happened. When I got the news that Tobias was headed to Philly, I got giddy because they are now the most interesting team in the East. How does Philly now stack up against the rest of the big four in the conference? Harris allows them to space the floor more because he’s a 42% shooter from deep this season. In the playoffs when the floor shrinks, and the game slows down having Harris allows the Sixers to be less predictable with their sets. Simmons can run the pick and roll with Embiid, take it to the hole or pass out to Jimmy or Tobias on the wing who are more than capable scorers. Don’t forget the Sixers still have J.J. who just had 34 last night, the East maybe in trouble.
- Porzingis to the Mavericks
This trade was another example of moves coming out of left field this deadline. The Mavs were able to clear cap space by trading away Deandre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., and Harrison Barnes. Now they have the rookie of the year in Luka with another euro star in Porzingis with cap space!!! The Mavs can make a move on one of these big free agents that will be available in the summer. Make no mistake about it Dallas has positioned themselves to be real contender in the years to come shout out Mark Cuban.
- Mirotic to the Bucks
The race to see who will come out the East is the best it’s ever been in a very long time. Milwaukee already are sitting at the top of the standings in the East but adding Mirotic only makes them that much better. Mirotic can stretch the floor even more for the Bucks giving them a tall ball lineup of Brogdon, Middleton, Giannis, Mirotic, and Lopez. Individually these names may not pop out at the average basketball fan. However, as a unit this team can be very powerful because Giannis is that good. This team may be the most flexible out of all the teams at the top of the list because all the Milwaukee players know, their role. I think this will pay dividends in the future.
- Marc Gasol to the Raptors
He may be at the tail end of his career, but Marc Gasol is still averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. What team contending for a title wouldn’t want that on their team. Especially when Valanciunas wasn’t really giving you no better at 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1 assist. Marc Gasol actually adds something to the Raptors, he can shoot the three while being a playmaker on offense. Above all Marc Gasol is a great leader with a high basketball IQ and has been deep in the playoffs before. The Raptors have added a solid base to anchor their starting lineup pairing Gasol up with Kawhi, Sikaim, and the boys.
- Otto Porter to the Bulls
This move didn’t get a lot of attention in the news, but this move is very nice one for a team in the Bulls who are looking to be good in the upcoming years. Porter is a solid starter at the three in the NBA and is a really good shooter. He didn’t get to really show off his best self in the disaster that is Washington right now, but he’ll have plenty of opportunities in Chicago. The Bulls have been in tank mode this season and should get a top 5 pick in this year’s 2019 draft. If Chicago can get their hands on Zion, R.J. Barrett, or Ja Morant they can have a very solid nucleus for years to come. They could make the playoffs next year, just look at the 7thand 8thseed in the East right now they’re both under .500.