Welcome everyone to your Run Pure Sports – NBA DFS Daily Breakdown. Today we will recap the NBA trades from yesterday. We will be back on Monday to give you the daily game-by-game breakdowns.
- The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and there were a flurry of big deals yesterday that will change the dynamic of many teams heading into the final couple months of the regular season. One of the deals NOT done was one I was expecting to but did not happen when the Toronto Raptors decided to keep veteran guard Kyle Lowry. There were rumors the last few days that the Heat and Lakers were discussing trade packages for him but ultimately the Raptors decided against trading him.
Now onto the trades that did happen…
The Nuggets kept their core pieces in place and pulled off what I think is the best move of the trade deadline in acquiring Aaron Gordon and Gary Clark from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Gary Harris, RJ Hampton and a first round pick. Gordon will immediately move into an already solid starting lineup that features NBA MVP candidate in Nikola Jokic and sharp shooter Jamal Murray. Gordon will also help on the defensive end at 6-8 and 235 pounds he offers nice versatility. The Nuggets also picked up JaVale McGee in a deal with Cleveland in exchange for Isaiah Hartenstein, a protected second-round pick (through 46) and an unprotected 2027 second-round pick.
After the Heat were not able to acquire Lowry, they pulled off a surprise by trading for Houston’s All-Star guard Victor Oladipo in exchange for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a draft swap. Oladipo is another scorer to add with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in a already strong starting lineup. They were able to pull this off and still keep all of their young talent. In a separate deal the Heat acquired Nemanja Bjelica from the Sacramento Kings for Moe Harkless and Chris SIlva.
The Bulls pulled off a surprising deal when it acquired All-Star Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic along with Al-Farouq Aminu in exchange for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter and two first-round draft picks. The move gives the Bulls another dynamic scorer on offense to pair with All-Star Zach LaVine. The Bulls also traded for Celtics big man Daniel Thies in a separate deal to bolster up the front court defense. They gave up Mo Wagner in the exchange.
The Hawks traded guard Rajon Rondo to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Lou Williams and future second-round picks. This trade will bolster the Hawks bench production and are adding a three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner.
The Celtics traded for Evan Fournier in exchange they will send two second-round picks to the Orlando Magic. Fournier is averaging 19.8 ppg and is shooting 38.8% from three. He should help space the court on the offensive end for the Celtics.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland added another shooter/scorer to their backcourt when they acquired Norman Powell from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Gary Trent Jr and Rodney Hood.
The Mavs acquired guard J.J. Redick and big man Nicolo Melli from the Pelicans in exchange for forwards Wesley Iwundu, James Johnson and a 2021 second-round pick. Redick is a career 41.5% 3-point shooter and has been one of the most consistent shooters in NBA history but has struggled this year from the field.