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NBA Trade Deadline Live Blog

Live Blog: NBA Trade Deadline

by Jared Johnson
Updated On: March 25, 2021, 3:33 pm ET


The Magic traded Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Bulls in exchange for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter and two first-round picks.

Vooch should be fine in Chicago and Aminu should have no issues continuing to be irrelevant there, while Wendell Carter Jr. should slot in as a starter in Orlando, but the biggest winner here might be Otto Porter. Porter had been confined to minutes in the mid-20s in Chicago, but with the Magic unloading their team today (Evan Fournier has been moved and Aaron Gordon is on his way out the door), Porter now looks like Orlando's best active player. He could be tough to trust late in the season, but he's worth grabbing if you've got some dead weight on your roster to see if the change of scenery gives him some new life.

The Magic traded Evan Fournier to the Celtics in exchange for two second-round picks.

This trade absolutely destroys Fournier, as he'll go from the focal point of the offense in Orlando to a sixth man role with the Celtics. Maybe he'll be able to sustain some low-end value, but he'll have plenty of competition for touches and will assuredly see a reduction in minutes, so his value will take a significant hit regardless.

The Bulls remain in pursuit of Lonzo Ball

It seems very likely that Ball will be dealt at the deadline, and the assumption is that the Pelicans will do this specifically to clear minutes for Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis Jr., so make sure that NAW isn't sitting on your waiver wire (Kira is more of a 16-team stash). This would also imply that the Bulls aren't exactly in love with Coby White. Ball should be relatively fine wherever he winds up, in fact, he could get a small boost if he's allowed to be a true, and full-time point guard again.


Kyle Lowry is reportedly preparing to be traded to the 76ers

It's unclear at the moment what pieces would be involved in this package, but if Shake Milton were to somehow wind up in Toronto, his value would skyrocket. If the Raptors don't bring guards back in the deal, then Terence Davis could get a boost. Lowry would be fine in Philly, but his arrival would likely destroy Seth Curry. Stay tuned.

The Celtics are reportedly on the verge of acquiring Aaron Gordon

The Celtics have a ton of depth at AG's position and plenty of mouths to feed on offense, so this would be a terrible move for his fantasy value.

Update: The Nuggets are now progressing towards a trade to land Aaron Gordon

Denver would be a significantly better landing spot for AG than Boston, as he'd be able to slot right into Paul Millsap's starting spot, and he'd bring some more firepower and playmaking to the offense. His value would still dip a bit, but not nearly as much as it would in Boston. We'll keep you posted.

Chicago sends Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison to D.C. in exchange for Troy Brown Jr. and Moritz Wagner

Gafford is easily the biggest winner out of this group, as he'll have a shot at starting with the Wizards with his only competition for minutes going by the names of Alex Len and Robin Lopez. Gafford's minutes won't be guaranteed, but he's worth a look in deep leagues if you need a big with some massive shot blocking upside. Wagner loses all this stash appeal in Chicago, as he'll now be nothing more than Nikola Vucevic's backup.

Denver acquires Aaron Gordon and Gary Clark in exchange for Gary Harris, RJ Hampton and a future first-round pick.

AG's value won't be as good in Denver as it was in Orlando, but it's not like his value will fall off a cliff, it'll just dip a bit. He'll likely replace Paul Millsap as a starter, and his addition to the roster may result in fewer overall touches for Michael Porter Jr. Hampton might be able to nab a starting gig in Orlando, as they just shipped away two of their starting forwards, so he could be worth a speculative add in deeper settings. Harris is injured all the time and not worth the headache.

Heat trade Moe Harkless and Chris Silva to the Kings in exchange for Nemanja Bjelica

Nemanja Bjelica will be battling Kelly Olynyk for the power forward minutes in Miami, so his situation doesn't change much. Harkless is well past his days of fantasy relevancy.

George Hill traded to the 76ers

Hill may be able to provide some late-round value in Philly, but this is a wait-and-see situation in most leagues. His arrival is bad news for Seth Curry managers.


Toronto sends Norman Powell to the Trail Blazers in exchange for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood

Powell will bring some more firepower to the Portland offense, and while he may see a marginal dip, his overall value should be fine. Even if he's coming off the bench behind Derrick Jones Jr., he could shine in a sixth man role for the Trail Blazers.

Gary Trent Jr. could be a full-time starter in Toronto if Kyle Lowry is move (which is expected), so he's worth a speculative add if you need some points, triples and steals. Hood is pretty much a non-factor wherever he goes.

Terrance Ferguson headed to New York as part of the George Hill deal

Meh, he's not very good.

Austin Rivers and Tony Bradley headed to OKC as part of George Hill deal

Maybe Bradley can get some run in OKC, but we still prefer guys like Isaiah Roby and Moses Brown. Rivers will remain a non-factor with the Thunder, if he even stays there.

Vincent Poirier traded to the Knicks as part of the George Hill deal.

He's a decent cheerleader, but a subpar basketball player. Leave him on the wire.


Shams Charania: "The focus now around the league is the future of Kyle Lowry."

The Heat and Lakers remain engaged in trade talks for K. Lo, with LA offering a package revolving around Dennis Schroder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Miami offering a package led by Duncan Robinson. The hold-ups in these talks are the inclusion of Talen Horton-Tucker and Tyler Herro, but it remains likely that Lowry will be moved. His value would be better in L.A. than Miami, but he should remain a solid option in either place. Stay tuned.

Toronto trades Matt Thomas to Utah for a future second-round pick.

No fantasy impacts here, but this move would signal that the Raptors are working towards offloading Lowry.

The Hawks and Clippers are in "serious talks" on a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to Los Angeles.

It's unlikely this deal would move the fantasy needle on either side, but we'll see what players are involved.


The Clippers are finalizing a deal that will send Lou Williams and two second-round picks to the Hawks in exchange for Rajon Rondo.

Rondo will give the Clippers some more depth at the PG spot, but we wouldn't expect him to have fantasy value. Williams joins a crowded backcourt in Atlanta, so his value also doesn't change much, although his arrival could hurt Bogdan Bogdanovic a bit.


Toronto trades Terrence Davis to Sacramento in exchange for a future second-round pick

Another auxiliary move in anticipation of the Kyle Lowry deal that has no fantasy impact.

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Lonzo Ball will not be traded, but per Shams Charania, the Pelicans are "close" on a deal that will send JJ Redick to the Mavericks.

While Ball staying put isn't great for Nickeil Alexander-Walker, the Pelicans shipping away Redick does provide some more opportunity for him to get minutes. Still, this isn't what we were hoping for as NAW stashers. Redick's value probably won't change much in Dallas, he's a 3-point specialist at best.


The Cavaliers and Andre Drummond will work out a buyout

Every opposing GM knew that they'd be able to get Drummond for free on the buy-out market, so it didn't make sense to sacrifice assets for him. He'll sign with a team of his choosing, and once he's back on the court, he'll return to being a double-double machine.

The Warriors trade Brad Wanamaker to the Hornets.

We still don't know exactly what the Warriors will get back in this deal, but it's probably nothing more than a second-round pick or cash considerations. Wanamaker will continue to be a non-factor in Charlotte.

The Raptors are keeping Kyle Lowry

After all that build-up, and then... nothing. Lowry will keep doing what he's been doing in Toronto, but him sticking around isn't the best news for Gary Trent Jr.'s outlook.

Houston sends Victor Oladipo to Miami in exchange for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a draft swap.

Oladipo should be relatively fine in Miami, but his arrival could crush guys like Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn, and result in fewer playmaking opportunities for Jimmy Butler. Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson could also dip a bit with Dipo in town. Bradley might get bought out in Houston, but Olynyk will have solid opportunity for minutes and production. His departure from Miami also clears minutes for Nemanja Bjelica, who might be able to start for the Heat now.

Warriors trade Marquese Chriss (leg) to the Spurs in exchange for Cady Lalanne

Chriss is out for the year and Lalanne has been playing in the G League, which will continue with the Warriors. No fantasy impact here.

Pelicans trade J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli to the Mavericks in exchange for James Johnson and Wes Iwundo.

This doesn't have any huge fantasy impact. Redick could get more looks from distance in Dallas but still won't provide much more than that. Melli could see spot minutes at best, too. It's unclear how much time Johnson or Iwundo will see in New Orleans.

Jared Johnson

A hoops fanatic, Jared Johnson has been a member of the NBC Sports Edge team since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @Jae_Tha_Truth, and feel free to send him your questions regarding trades, draft strategies and all things fantasy basketball.