NBA trade deadline winners, losers: Best, worst moves around league

NBA trade deadline winners, losers: Best, worst moves around league

The cards have been shuffled, the decks have been made. The 2020 NBA trade deadline has come to a close with plenty of roster churn around the league. 

Perhaps no team was busier than the Warriors at the deadline this year. After trading Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks nearly two weeks ago, Golden State shipped off five players in the last two days. 

Following an ugly 41-point road loss against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, the Warriors traded Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to the Philadelphia 76ers for three second-round draft picks. And the Dubs weren't done. 

The Warriors sent D'Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins and two draft picks. 

That's just what the Warriors did, too. There were a plethora of movers and shakers at this year's deadline. 

While it's far too early to tell how these deals will pan out, here are three winners and three losers with our initial reactions. 

Winner: Andre Iguodala

Iguodala already wrote a book, but it's clear what his post-NBA career should be: Life coach. Sign me up. 

Iguodala said "nah" to playing for the Memphis Grizzlies when the Warriors traded him this past offseason, spent the last few months working out, playing golf and signing books, and still came out on top. 

Sure, he lost some fans in Memphis and had Twitter questioning his decisions, but we've all been there. Iguodala was traded from the Grizzlies to the Miami Heat and agreed to a new two-year, $30 million contract. 

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP stays winning. 

Loser: The entire Andre Drummond trade 

What the hell was that? 

According to multiple national reports, the Detroit Pistons traded two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers for John Henson, Brandon Knight and a second-round draft pick. 

The Pistons had to have expected they could have received a better package than that for someone who averages 17.8 points and 15.8 rebounds per game. The Cavs have to realize a roster with Drummond, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson on it doesn't make too much sense. 

This is a weird trade with two of the most boring teams in basketball. 

Winner: Los Angeles Clippers

He might not be another star to pair with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but Marcus Morris is a real nice addition for a title contender. 

Woj reported the Clippers are adding Morris from the New York Knicks as part of a three-team deal. They also acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas but The Athletic's David Aldridge reported LA will not keep IT

Morris, 30, is averaging a career-high 19.6 points this season while also grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. He also is shooting a career-best 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. 

The nine-year veteran can stretch the floor and will compete every night for a championship. 

Loser: Houston Rockets

P.J. Tucker might have the most shoes in the game, but he now he needs to add some stilts to his closet. At least he has a good sense of humor. 

The 6-foot-5 forward essentially now is Houston's center after the Rockets traded center Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks. General manager Daryl Morey is trying to go from small ball to mini ball. Will it work, though?

It hasn't for them in the past and it likely won't again this year. There already are plenty of solid bigs on the top teams in the West. Let's still say the Rockets make it to the NBA Finals. What are they going to do against the Milwaukee Bucks? What about the Miami Heat or Philadelphia 76ers? 

Good luck. 

Winner: 76ers/Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III

This isn't to say the Warriors lost their trade with Philly. Golden State very well might have won it by adding multiple assets. But this is exactly what the 76ers needed and two former Warriors now have a chance at a deep playoff run. 

Philadelphia's bevy of big men has the floor clogged up like an abandoned toilet. Burks and GR3 should help unclog the court in major ways. Burks is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc while Robinson is nailing a career-high 40 percent of his 3-pointers this season. 

[RELATED: How Warriors-Burks-GRIII partnership benefited all parties]

The Sixers surely have missed having a sharpshooter like J.J. Redick this season. Bringing in the two former Dubs looks like a big boost to the City of Brotherly Love. 

Loser: Los Angeles Lakers

Don't fix what's not broken, right? Yes and kind of no. 

The Lakers have the second-most wins in the entire league and sit atop the West with a 38-11. They didn't make a single move at the deadline, and for the most part that shouldn't be seen as an L. 

Watching the Clippers beat them to the punch for Morris, however, should hurt. The veteran forward would have been huge for the Lake Show. Instead, they reportedly will give J.R. Smith a tryout and try to convince Darren Collison to come out of retirement and sign with them. 

The Lakers are just fine and could still be Finals favorites. There was a window to improve, though, and they didn't.

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Rick Welts has seen a lot of basketball over the years. But one single performance stands out above the rest.

The Warriors' team president and chief operating officer was asked Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game: "Quarantine game -- if you're stuck indoors for a full year, one TV, one game playing on a loop, 24/7, 365 -- what game is Rick Welts taking?"

The Hall of Famer provided a definitive answer:

"Let's see. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Actually not even a close call for me. I only have one box score framed in my office -- if I ever get to see my office again -- and that's Klay's 37-point quarter. Without a doubt -- the most amazing thing I've ever seen on a basketball court.

"I could never get tired of watching it. He was out of his mind. I'm not sure we'll ever see anything like that again. And the crowd was a big part of it because he reacted every time the crowd reacted. Our bench was insane.

"Everybody in the building knew they were seeing history being made."

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In the third quarter of the Warriors' win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 23, 2015, Klay Thompson went 13-for-13 overall, 9-for-9 from deep and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Very good choice, Mr. Welts.

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What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but thats basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

[RELATED: Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with now]

Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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