The NBA trade deadline has officially come and gone, and there was a flurry of movement around the league, with multiple last-minute deals going through as teams look ahead to the second half of the season.
Here are the winners and losers after the crazy last 36 hours.
The Raptors made a huge splash at the deadline, acquiring Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies. Gasol can step in to a 30-minute per night role and be the star big man that the franchise never had with Jonas Valanciunas, who was conveniently shipped to Memphis in the deal. The Raptors improved massively at the deadline with the addition of the 34-year-old who can help in all facets of the game.
The 76ers not only acquired Tobias Harris, but they also added Jonathon Simmons to the mix while parting ways with Markelle Fultz and the distraction that surrounded the young point guard. The 76ers' had an excellent trade deadline as they added key pieces that can help them contend immediately. The Process is all coming together.
The Bucks' deal to bring aboard sharpshooting big man Nikola Mirotic will go down as one of the best deals of the deadline. While the team sacrificed four second-round picks to acquire Mirotic, as well as Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson (who had been acquired just 24 hours earlier), the team got a valuable asset in exchange for pieces that were likely not part of their future plans, making it an exceptional deal for Milwaukee.
Sources with Zach Lowe: Nikola Mirotic to Milwaukee.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers spent most of the deadline trying to force a trade for Anthony Davis, and when that backfired, they were left to make smaller deals while seriously damaging their team chemistry. The Lakers' acquisitions at the deadline were Mike Muscala and Reggie Bullock, while they parted ways with Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. While both Bullock and Muscala are solid pickups, the team is in disarray. LaVar Ball continues to run his mouth while the rest of the roster just narrowly avoided getting traded by LeBron James and Co.
Anthony Davis’ agent Rich Paul tells me Davis is not being traded today— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) February 7, 2019
The Boston Celtics both won and lost at the deadline. Unlike their Eastern conference counterparts, they didn't make a move to improve immediately. At the same time however, the Pelicans did not trade Anthony Davis which will allow the Celtics to get themselves in the mix for the superstar this offseason. Still, if the Celtics wanted to compete this year, they didn't do themselves any favor with their lack of trade deadline activity, especially considering the improvements made by the Bucks, 76ers and Raptors.
The Utah Jazz were expecting to complete a deal for Mike Conley in hopes of getting themselves back in the playoff hunt in the Western conference. Instead, they did nothing. The
Jazz didn't make any moves at the deadline as the Grizzlies opted to hold on to their veteran point guard. Rather than make a deal, Utah's players, namely Ricky Rubio, merely became aware that they were expendable and the team didn't improve. Not a good situation for Utah.
... airplane mode off. Help me twitter, what jersey will I be wearing next game? — Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) February 7, 2019
The Hornets were in talks to land Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies FOR FOUR DAYS but as soon as those talks stalled, the Raptors swooped in and completed a deal. The Hornets were hopeful that they could add some pieces in order to persuade Kemba Walker to remain in town this offseason, but their lack of activity doesn't bode well for their chances to retain the 28-year-old. The Hornets were quiet at the deadline, and Walker won't be thanking them for their lack of activity.