Although no superstars changed teams, there was still plenty of movement before the deadline. Here’s a summary.
D’Angelo Russell moves from Warriors to Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, two draft picks
Golden State has worked out a deal that would send Russell, guard Jacob Evans and power forward Omari Spellman to Minnesota in exchange for Wiggins, a top-three protected 2021 first-round pick (unprotected in 2022) and a second-round pick in 2021, ESPN reported. The Timberwolves have coveted Russell since free agency last summer, according to ESPN, and finally have a point guard to pair with Karl-Anthony Towns.
Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft, gets a much more stable coaching situation in Golden State after playing under four head coaches in five-and-a-half seasons.
Andre Drummond is heading to Cleveland
The Cavaliers are finalizing a trade with the Pistons, according to ESPN. The 26-year-old center has led the league in rebounding three times and is on pace to do so again this season, but calculating Drummond’s value in the modern NBA is a different, and much more complicated, story, as Ben Golliver wrote in January.
Clippers make a deal for Marcus Morris
Both Los Angeles teams were reportedly targeting Morris, but the Clippers got the deal done in a three-team trade with the Wizards and Knicks. The Clippers landed Isaiah Thomas, while sending Moe Harkless to the Knicks and Jerome Robinson to the Wizards. The Lakers were reportedly unwilling to part with Kyle Kuzma and removed him from trade discussions.
The 30-year-old Morris is enjoying the best scoring season of his career, averaging 19.6 points per game for the 15-36 Knicks.
Heat gets Andre Iguodala from the Grizzlies
It appears we’ll finally see Andre Iguodala back on the court now that he’s been liberated from the Grizzlies in a trade Wednesday that sent him to the Heat, per ESPN, which also reported that the veteran swingman was getting a two-year contract extension. Complete terms of the trade weren’t immediately available, but forward Justise Winslow, guard Dion Waiters reportedly heading to Memphis, while forward Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill reportedly will be going to Miami. The Timberwolves eventually joined that deal, reportedly trading Gorgui Dieng to Miami for James Johnson.
A three-time champion and 2015 Finals MVP over six seasons with the Warriors, Iguodala has not played a game this season after being traded to Memphis last summer. The Grizzlies reportedly were not willing to buy him out, signaling to several contending teams interested in Iguodala that Memphis was playing hardball in search of a favorable trade offer. The Lakers were reported to have gone hard after Iguodala but Miami apparently had the upper hand.
Elsewhere, ESPN has Heat head honcho Pat Riley looking into Oklahoma City wing Danilo Gallinari, as well, with talks ongoing on what is reportedly “an elaborate three-team deal.” Around noon on deadline day, however, ESPN said the three-team deal involving Gallinari is “fully stalled” and that the Heat may be focused solely on its two-team deal with Memphis involving Iguodala.
Riley may sense something special with this year’s Heat, fourth in the East entering Wednesday night but just 1.5 games out of second. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowki reported Thursday morning that Miami and Gallinari’s representatives were working on a contract extension to move the deal forward, though future salary cap space is a concern for the team because of its plans to snare a max-contract player in the summer of 2021.
Wizards trade Jordan McRae to Nuggets for Shabazz Napier
Warriors’ Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to 76ers for picks
The trade winds appeared to be blowing in Brooklyn when Golden State held Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III out of its game Wednesday against the Nets, and sure enough both players were eventually sent a little ways down I-95 to Philadelphia, per multiple reports. In return, the 76ers will send three picks to the Warriors, all in the second round and tied to other teams (2020 from the Mavericks, 2021 from the Nuggets and 2022 from the Raptors), per The Athletic. As noted by ESPN, Philadelphia will have to either trade or waive a pair of players to create roster spots for Burks and Robinson.
Kings’ Dewayne Dedmon to Hawks for Jabari Parker and Alex Len
Dedmon, a big man who signed a three-year, $40 million deal with Sacramento last summer only to ask to be traded before the new year, gets his wish. ESPN reported that Dedmon will head to Atlanta, where he saw the most success of his nine-year career in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. In return, the Kings get a big man back, veteran Alex Len, as well as well-traveled wing and one-time No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker. The Kings are also sending second-round picks both this year and next to the Hawks in the trade.
Clint Capela to Hawks, Robert Covington to Rockets in four-team deal
- Rockets: Robert Covington, Jordan Bell and a second-round pick
- Hawks: Clint Capela and Nene (whom they waived on Thursday; he would have been guaranteed his $2.7 million salary for 2020-21 if he was not cut by Feb. 15.)
- Timberwolves: Malik Beasley, Evan Turner, Juan Hernangomez, Jarred Vanderbilt and a 2020 first-round pick from Atlanta (via the Nets)
- Nuggets: Gerald Green, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, Keita Bates-Diop and a first-round pick from Houston.
Covington gives Houston a badly needed perimeter defender who also provides solid outside shooting. Capela should thrive next to Trae Young, who can feed him lobs and benefit from Capela stopping some of the penetration Young allows to opposing players. With Beasley, Minnesota gets back some of what it lost by trading Covington, while Denver gets a valuable pick and may not be done dealing.
Clippers’ Derrick Walton Jr. to Hawks for cash
The lightly used point guard, whose expiring contract for this season was fully guaranteed last month, is heading to Atlanta, ESPN reports, opening up a roster spot and cap room for a possible move later Thursday. The Athletic says the Hawks do not plan on holding on to the second-year pro from Michigan, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the Hawks might not be done making moves.
Rockets ship Jordan Bell to Grizzlies for Bruno Caboclo
Bell, a reserve center, is heading from Houston to Memphis in exchange for Caboclo, a reserve forward. The teams will swap second-round picks, as well, according to ESPN.
Portland sends Skal Labissiere to Atlanta
Labissiere, a reserve big man, has been dealt from Portland to Atlanta along with cash, according to ESPN.
- Jan. 24 Mavericks receive Willie Cauley-Stein; Warriors receive a 2020 second-round pick.
- Jan. 18: Blazers receive Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan; Kings receive Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two future second-round picks
- Jan. 16: Hawks receive Jeff Teague; Timberwolves receive Allen Crabbe and Treveon Graham
- Dec. 23: Jazz receive Jordan Clarkson; Cavaliers receive Dante Exum and two second-round picks
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