Who Were the Winners and Losers of the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline
Some interesting moves were made in what was otherwise a very quiet NBA Trade Deadline.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania were working Twitter on their special day, but unfortunately, no matter the WojBomb, this year’s deadline day came up flat. Most contending teams stayed pat, while a plethora of players who were expected to get moved remained on their current teams.
Of course, there were a few teams that were busy wheelin’ and dealin’, but for the most part, there was a lack of fireworks. Nevertheless, BallnRoll has the breakdown on the 2020 Deadline with its official winners and losers.
Winners: Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies were by far the biggest winners on deadline day.
Not only were they able to move on from Andre Iguodala and part ways with the contract of Solomon Hill, they were also able to ink Dillon Brooks to a sweet extension and acquire Justice Winslow, a former lottery pick, for pocket change. They flipped James Johnson’s contract to Minnesota, immediately bought out Dion Waiters and are left with one of the more exciting and youngest teams in the league.
They were able to maintain financial flexibility for the future while showing trust in their core as well as the rebuilding process.
Losers: Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons were very busy at the deadline, willing to part ways with just about anyone on the roster. Yet, as the clock struck 3 PM ET, the Pistons were only able to move Andre Drummond.
Derrick Rose, Luke Kennard, and Markieff Morris were all involved in trade rumours, yet only Drummond was moved. Moreover, the package the Pistons received for the former All-Star and the NBA’s boards leader was pedestrian to say the least. Granted, Drummond is on an expiring contract, but the Pistons virtually received nothing of value. John Henson, Brandon Knight, and a second-round pick should go to show just how much Drummond was valued on the trade market.
Winners: Miami Heat
The Miami Heat needed some extra juice and they got exactly that while miraculously finding a way to move Dion Waiters.
Acquiring some valued experience in Andre Iguodala and a quality 3-and-D option in Jae Crowder, the Heat answered some important depth questions and now look poised to make a deep playoff push. The Heat have an intriguing combination of exciting youth, star power, and veteran presence. It shouldn’t be surprising if we see Miami get active in the buyout market as well.
The Heat were definitely the team in the Eastern Conference that made the most noise on Thursday.
Losers: Cleveland Cavaliers
Unable to move on from Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson’s contracts, the Cavs added one more expiring contract in the form of Andre Drummond.
A bit of a head scratcher, but at this point, let’s just enjoy watching Thompson and Drummond play together and see how bad it can get. Then, once the season ends, the Cavaliers may lose both players in free agency and remain what they currently are – dysfunctional and lacking an identity and vision.
This move between the Pistons and Cavaliers looked very much like two general managers making a trade for the sole purpose of making a trade.
Winners: Los Angeles Clippers
Acquiring Marcus Morris was a great move for a team that looks poised to make a run for the championship.
While not giving up too much asset capital, the Clippers were able to bring in a veteran player who excels on both ends of the floor, provides an edge, and just happens to be in the midst of the best season of his NBA career. Expect the Clippers to remain players on the buyout market as they continue to look for an extra playmaker, but that being said, the acquisition of Morris is an important move that should pay dividends.
Losers: New York Knicks
The new fad in sports is bringing in agents and elevating them to front office roles.
That’s what the Knicks did on Thursday when they announced the hiring of their new president of basketball operations, Leon Rose, a former agent. In complete Knicks fashion, New York navigated through trade deadline season without the most important individual on the basketball operations side. In the process, they were able to move Marcus Morris and really not make much sub-sequential noise.
Way to go, Knicks!