Notable Trade Deadline Deals

Thursday was the NBA trading deadline, and there were a lot of moves made. A few of the moves will help specific teams a lot. Here are the most significant trades of the trade deadline.

Heat get Oladipo

The Miami Heat were able to land swingman Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets. The Heat sent the Rockets Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and 2022 pick swap.

This season, Oladipo is averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Oladipo is a huge pick-up for the Heat; he is a Pat Riley-type player; he can score and play defense; the Swingman will also take some of the pressure of Jimmy Butler. The Rockets look to be in full rebuild mode.

Magic Move Gordon

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon was traded to the Denver Nuggets along with forward Gary Clark. In return, the Magic will get Garry Harris, RJ Hampton, and a 2025 first-round pick.

Gordon is averaging 14.6, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists so far this season. He will be a solid pick for the Nuggets; Gordon’s points per game may go down but look for his rebound and defense to be a factor for Denver. The Magic are another team heading to rebuild mode.

Vucevic Lands With The Bulls

Orlando was not done yet; they also sent All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to Chicago for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter, and two first-round picks.

Vucevic is averaging a career-high 24.5 points per game to go along with 11.8 rebounds. Bulls also picked Daniel Theis in a trade as they look to make a run for the playoffs. The Magic will receive a young talent in Carter Jr. and cap space in Porter, who is in the final year of his contract; he makes $28.4 million.

Fournier To The Celtics

Orlando was at it again; this time, the Magic traded Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics for two second-round picks. Fournier will give the Celtics scoring and shooting from the outside; he is averaging 19.7 and shooting 45% from the field and 38.8% from beyond the arc.

Clippers Get A Point Guard

The Los Angeles Clippers finally got a point guard. Los Angeles acquired Rajon Rondo from the Atlanta Hawks for Lou Williams, two second-round picks, and cash.

Rondo is averaging 3.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game with the Hawks. Not great numbers, but he will add leadership and be floor general for the Clippers. The Clippers will hope that Playoff Rondo will come alive come playoff time.

Williams will help out the Hawks with bench scoring, with his 12.1 points per game. The clippers will miss Williams’s production off the bench. It will be interesting to see how this trade plays out.

Redick Heads To Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli from the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Iwundu, James Johnson, and a 2021 second-round pick.

Reddick is struggling from this season, shooting just 36.4% from three-point land, but he is a 41.5% three-point shooter for his career. The veteran will provide floor spacing for Luka Doncic.

Blazers get Powell From the Raptors

The Portland Trail Blazers got Norman Powell from the Toronto Raptors for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood. Powell is averaging 19.6 points per game and shooting a career-high 43.9% from beyond the arc. He will help space the floor for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. I was a little surprised the Blazers part ways with Trent Jr, who is an up-and-coming player.

It was a very hectic trade deadline day.

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