The NBA Trade Deadline is over: A look at what went down
The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, but we’re not ready to let go of all of the big moments.
Some franchises engaged in blockbuster trades while other teams’ trades only scratched the surface.
Here’s a recap of five of the major trades that went down ahead of the 2019 Trade Deadline on Thursday:
- Anthony Davis is still on the Pelicans
- The Haitian sensation is headed to Portland
- The Markelle Fultz saga comes to a close
- Memphis says farewell to Marc Gasol
- Milwaukee adds sharp-shooter Nikola Mirotic
Anthony Davis is still on the Pelicans
The Lakers engaged in trade talks, reportedly offering Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac and two-first round picks, but the Pelicans decided to hold onto their franchise superstar at the deadline.
The Lakers-Pelicans talks went cold ahead of the trade deadline as the Pelicans apparently wanted more from L.A. than Magic Johnson wanted to give up.
For now, Davis remains with New Orleans, and the Pelicans will see what they can get from him when he hits the trade market this summer.
The Haitian sensation is headed to Portland
Skal Labissiere traded to Portland in exchange for Caleb Swanigan
Ahead of the trade deadline, the Portland Trail Blazers made a move to acquire third-year power forward Skal Labissiere from the Sacramento Kings for Caleb Swanigan. Adrian Wojnarnowski of ESPN was the first to report the trade.
Labissiere, a 2016 first-round pick, has played all three seasons with the Kings. In 13 games this year, he is averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game.
Caleb Swanigan has been used sparingly with Portland this season. After appearing in 27 games in 2018, Swanigan’s workload has steadily declined. He appeared in 18 games for Portland, averaging 1.9 points and 2.9 rebounds.
The Markelle Fultz saga comes to a close
Magic acquires Markelle Fultz from 76ers for Jonathan Simmons, a first-round pick and a second-round pick
Markelle Fultz will get a clean slate in Orlando. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft has been traded to the Magic after an injury-ridden career with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo! Sports.
Fultz missed his entire rookie season, played just 19 games in 2018 and appeared in just 14 games before being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. He is out indefinitely undergoing physical therapy.
Simmons signed a three-year, $18 million dollar deal with Orlando in 2017. His numbers across the board have steadily declined since then. He’s averaging just 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Memphis says farewell to Marc Gasol
Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick
Marc Gasol’s time in Memphis has come to a close, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Gasol, the Grizzlies franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals, was traded to Toronto on Thursday for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick.
Gasol, a three three-time All Star and 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, had been with the Grizzlies for 11 seasons.
Prior to dislocating his left thumb on Dec. 12, Valanciunas was averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Raptors this season. Wright, a first-round pick in 2015, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes of play. Miles, 31, is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds this season. All three players can become free agents next season.
Milwaukee adds sharp-shooter Nikola Mirotic
Bucks acquire Nikola Mirotic from Pelicans for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round picks
What a trade. The Milwaukee Bucks landed Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans in a blockbuster trade for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and not one, not two, not three, but four second-round picks, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Mirotic, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds in 32 games this season.
New Orleans adds Johnson, an eighth overall pick in 2015, who recorded 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in his fourth NBA season. Smith, 32, is averaging 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds this season.