The last 48 hours before the NBA Trade Deadline ended at 3 pm on February 6th were hectic, to say the least. It all started with a four-team trade:
Houston receives: Robert Covington, Jordan Bell
Atlanta receives: Clint Capela, Nene
Minnesota receives: Malik Beasly, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner, Jarred Vanderbilt, ATL first-round pick from the Nets
Denver receives: Gerald Green, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, Keita Bates-Diop, Houston first-round pick
12 players were moved in the deal on Wednesday, most prominently Clint Capela, the Houston Rocket’s only real center, going to the Atlanta Hawks. While the Hawks aren’t exactly in the playoff picture yet, Capela is a great step in the right direction. ATL also traded their starting center, Alex Len, along with Jabari Parker to the Kings for Dewayne Dedman. Houston, however, is going in a different direction, trading away their starting center for Jordan Bell, a power forward, who was eventually traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Bruno Caboclo, another power forward. Denver and Minnesota both seemed to improve their benches in this trade, but the Timberwolves had a much bigger star in mind, and they got him.
Golden State receives: Andrew Wiggins, 2021 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick
Minnesota receives: D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, Omari Spellman
Russell was traded to Golden State during the deal that helped Kevin Durant get to Brooklyn. Minnesota has been pushing to try and acquire Russell since the 2019 free agency period, and consistently monitoring possible trades during this season, and they finally got him. Minnesota has been awful this year, currently on a 13 game losing streak. They have been looking to pair their star, Karl-Anthony Towns, with a consistent point guard for years. Wiggins simply never rose to the expectations with the Timberwolves, but for a Warriors team without two of their stars, Wiggins may shine for a struggling offense in the Bay.
Miami receives: Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill
Memphis receives: Justice Winslow, Dion Waiters, and James Johnson
After not playing since being traded from the Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala has finally found a new home with Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat. Along with the trade, Iguodala also signed a 2 year, $30 million extension with the Heat. Iggy posted a video on Twitter, saying he is looking forward to the new culture that Butler has brought to the Heat this season. Memphis, who has been shocking the league led by rookie sensation Ja Morant, acquired two good role players in Winslow and Waiters, as James Johnson was quickly dealt to the Timberwolves for Gorgui Dieng.
Cleveland receives: Andre Drummond
Detroit receives: Brandon Knight, John Henson, 2023 second-round pick
This trade was… interesting. Drummond has seemingly been on the trade block all season, but they didn’t seem to get much in return. They brought back Brandon Knight, who started his career in Detroit, and brought in a new big man in Henson. While Cleveland traded away a center, they still have a surplus of frontcourt players in Kevin Love, Tristian Thompson, Larry Nance Jr., and more. It will be interesting to see how Drummond fits in Cleveland.
L.A. Clippers receive: Marcus Morris, Isaiah Thomas
Washington receives: Jerome Robinson
New York receives: Moe Harkless, 2020 first-round pick, 2021 second-round pick
The Clippers managed to acquire a great starter-caliber forward in Marcus Morris. Whenever Leonard or George miss a game, Morris will be a great fit at either the small or power forward, and he’ll be an even better role player, especially during the Clippers’ playoff run. Moe Harkless was a good, consistent player for the Clippers and will surely shine in New York. Isaiah Thomas was quickly waived by the Clippers.