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Winners and Losers from the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline

Winners and Losers from the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline

Trade deadlines are an exciting time for everyone. Teams get new players, players get new teams, fans get a nice midday distraction - everyone wins. (Except for the players who have to uproot their lives on a literal moment's notice, they defintely do not win.) 

Trades can take years to fully develop. Team cohesion doesn't happen overnight, and the ripple effects from roster shakeups are oftentimes felt years down the road. It'd be premature to assign winners and losers of the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline so hastily - SO LET'S DO IT. 

WINNERS

Cleveland Cavaliers 

The Cavs were unquestionably the most active team on the market today, as GM LeBron James Koby Altman had himself quite an afternoon:

That is an absurd amount of roster movement for one day. Quite frankly, this an absurd amount of roster movement for one offseason. It was also an overhaul that was sorely needed. The Cavs were bad. Not like, "oh, we don't care about the regular season" bad - but actually, legitimately bad. 

Isaiah Thomas wasn't healthy, still didn't play defense and also hated being in Cleveland for literally every moment he was in Cleveland. The ghosts of Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade had no business logging meaningful minutes on a Championship-caliber team. The Cavs own 1st round pick was expendible given their possession of Brooklyn's. None of these pieces fit, and they got rid of them before they trotted an old, injured lineup into a seven-game series with Milwuakee in the first round of the playoffs. That's a win. 

Los Angeles Lakers 

They cleared cap space, which to the Lakers is the ultimate win. Drafting is dumb when you can promise the best basketball players in the world great weather, a huge market, and the country's premier taco scene. The Lakers also won, and if you don't believe me, just wait until Day 1 of free agency. 

Washington Wizards 

Hell yeah the Wizards are going under Winners:

The Wiz' biggest problem is being strapped for cash. Handing out three max contracts tends to do that. Now they have roster space and cap room, both of which will obviously go a long way towards continuing to build around their current core. It wasn't flashy, but sometimes the best trades aren't. It's a win! 

LOSERS

Isaiah Thomas

My guy has had Top-5 All-Time forgettable season so far. Let's take a look:

- Traded from Boston, where he carried the team and was universally adored by fans, to an Eastern Conference rival in Northwest Ohio for a younger, better player

- Spent half of his last season before free agency rehabbing a career-threatening hip injury 

- "Reportedly" was the player who lead the locker room revolt against Kevin Love 

- Threw coaches and players under the bus with every single postgame presser he gave while on the Cavs 

- Went on record LAST NIGHT saying he didn't want to be traded for the 4th time in his career, immediately gets traded for the 4th time in his career

- Had to have his agent send league-wide texts in all caps reminding everyone that he won't come off the bench for LaVar Ball's kid 

Memphis Grizzlies 

The Grizzlies had one of the most valuable assests of the deadline in Tyreke Evans. They also had an intriguing piece in Marc Gasol, although he was always less likely to be traded. Turns out, neither of them got traded, as the Grizzlies apparently cherish the status quo. They were reportedly looking for a first round pick in exchange for Evans, which is probably all you need to know about why they're Deadline Losers:

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here: