Hey y’all! Corban back here. I had originally planned a massive round table to go over the moves that were made and the deals that were done, but alas a wack computer and horrible WiFi ultimately did me in on those dreams. Fortunately I had the help of my fellow talented writing colleagues in Johnathan and Nicholas to help me out! I asked a few questions and they were more than able to answer them. The questions included which teams made the best moves? Which club made the worst? What trades surprised you? And a few more as well. Without further ado…
Here is Nicholas’ take:
Teams I kept a close watch on;
Definite Improvements :
Wizards: The Wizards are trying to make a push at winning the East. The obvious contenders would be Cavs, which comes to no surprise, Raptors, and Boston. Bojan Bogdanovic a solid SF who can grab you 10 ppg for sure, and stretch out the SF and also knock down 3s will indeed help the Wizards become even more competitive. Otto Porter Jr is already shooting lights out and having a career year, so why not have another solid SF. The more the merrier.
Mavericks: Dirk era is coming to a close and Cuban isn’t missing a beat. With Harrison Barnes Signed through 2020, Cuban was able to pull off a hijack of getting a young defensive stopper in Nerlens Noel. The future isn’t looking to shabby with a solid SF, and a young paint defender in Noel who can now flourish.
Thunder: The thunders trade for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott will prove to be helpful. While yes they lost Payne a solid young PG , they improved in low post and mid range scoring in Taj Gibson as well as a 3 point threat in McDermott who will be open more when Westbrook drives and kicks out. Maybe we will even have a rejuvenation of Mcbuckets.
Cavs: While yes the Cavaliers did trade for Korver, i technically don’t count it in the realm of biggest winners before trade deadline. This is the trade deadline biggest winners and improvements. There are reports stating they will sign Deron Williams and that Williams wants to sign with the Cavs once waivers clear
“via bleacher report Deron Williams, looking to join Cavs if he clears waivers”
The Cavs are lacking another ball handler when LeBron and Irving go to the bench, If this does come into fruition than that is a major improvement for the Cavaliers, I don’t see why the Cavs wont get this done if it can further help their chances to get another title for the Land, but until then its just speculation.
Lakers: I was skeptical about trading for Paul George and breaking up the young core that we have right now. I didn’t feel as we needed to break this team up for a superstar who has been linked to the possibility of playing for the Lakers via multiple reports. Yes a lot can happen between the time PG becomes a free agent, but why not give the young guys one more year to improve with the hopes of also signing PG in the summer of 2018, which would make the team even more of enticing destination for PG seeing as he wants a team that will contend eventually. Let the young guys grow into themselves more. Magic indeed wanted to make a splash coming into his new position , but this season was already at a loss for making a run at the playoffs, so why risk going for Paul George and breaking up our core guys when he can still come as a free agent. Well played Sir Magic. OH YEAH we also traded for Tyler Ennis im not entirely sold on him yet, but hes a nice passer for sure.
Biggest Winner’s hands down
Rockets: The Rockets look to be serious about advancing in the playoffs this year. They made a trade to the Lakers for Louis Williams, a solid candidate for 6th man of the year, maybe leading candidate in my opinion and was the Lakers best scorer. The Rockets also have Eric Gordon who would be a second leading candidate for 6th man. I cant think of a time when there were 2 candidates in the running for 6th man of the year playing such a high level on the same team not to mention they’ll playing together on the same court. I’m really looking froward to the second half of the season for the Rockets, its going to be one to watch out for.
Pelicans: Getting Demarcus Cousins aka Boogie instantly will improve your team. Now they have the most dominant big man/low post players. Both players can get you 20 and 10. Not sure how its going to work yet but I’m sure once they mesh together and learn to play together it’ll be scary. The points will be there for them both. Now for getting the right pieces around them so they can become a serious playoff contender for years to come, being that Boogie stays long term.
And here is Johnathan’s take: