Deadline Winners and Losers

The Trade Deadline has come and gone and it was absolutely wild!

For weeks we had to hear about Anthony Davis on the move to team up with LeBron in LA, but has since stayed put leaving LeBron with his kids for the rest of the year.

Has that unsettled this young Lakers core? Absolutely!

Leading up to the deadline the Lakers have pounded into the ground away to Indiana to the tune of 42 points, LeBron’s biggest ever loss in his career. Following the trade deadline, they went into Boston and came away with a crazy victory at the buzzer. This team could honestly be anything towards the back end of this season with a lot of unknown in the camp.


Philadelphia was the biggest Winners at the deadline, with the addition of Tobias Harris (who was snubbed of an all-star spot), giving them one of the best starting units in the league, and just about favourites to win the Eastern Conference.

If Jimmy Butler is heavily invested and causes no issues inside the camp, there’s absolutely no reason why this team won’t at the very least make the Eastern Conference finals.

 

Toronto made a move which bolstered their frontcourt with the addition of Marc Gasol, losing his clone in big Jonas. Picking up Gasol this late in his career has obviously made this a win now mode for Toronto, but they may be getting Gasol when he is on the decline. Time will tell…


Milwaukee made the move to pick up Nikola Mirotic, and he showed last season how great he was in the final stretch with the Pelicans. He gives the Bucks another shooter/floor spacer for their superstar Giannis. They’re seemingly primed for a top 2 finish out East and will be incredibly tough to beat at home in the playoffs.


Boston didn’t make any moves, thinking they have enough for this season, or holding onto assets to make a run at Anthony Davis in the offseason once they sign (or at least hope to sign) Kyrie Irving.


It’ll make for an amazing battle between the East elite, as any of those 4 teams can get it done, all bar Boston, making moves to help them win a championship. Given these Celtics have not looked at their best at all with this unit, they’re on the outside looking in come Eastern Conference Finals time.


Out West, the Lakers are the biggest losers of the deadline, once again striking out when they needed to strike Gold. They lost Zubac and added Muscala, no words for this kind of move, along with adding another wing in Reggie Bullock to add more shooting to a team who has struggled to shoot the 3 ball.


There seems to only be one final playoff spot left out West. The Clippers are hanging on for dear life, but with the trade of Tobias Harris, it doesn’t look like that’ll be the case.

Sacramento, along with the Lakers, seemingly have the inside running, and you’d like to think LeBron will do everything in his power to get them over the line.

But even then, so what…you run into Golden State in the first round and get swept. Things have to change in a big way in Laker Land for them to avoid that 8th spot and work their way into 7th, as you don’t want the reigning champs round 1.


Either way, we haven’t seen the end to the absolute madness that is the NBA player market, with the off season sure to be extremely interesting once the trade window opens up!


Dave Bauk


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