The NBA trade deadline brought many changes to the league this Thursday. Many players were traded, and many stayed in their current teams.
GSW’s Kelly Oubre Jr stayed with the warriors while the Rockets’ Victor Oladipo was traded to Miami Heat.
And Atlanta Hawks’ Ranjo Rondo traded to LA Clippers.
Near the NBA trade deadline, rumors said the Warriors would trade Kelly Oubre Jr.
However, the Warriors kept Kelly when the trade deadline came on Thursday.
The Golden State Warriors have sent Brad Wanamaker to the Charlotte Hornets and forward Marquese Chriss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Kelly is averaging 15 points per game for the warriors.
Kelly Oubre Jr. has his ninth 20-point game of the season to go with nine rebounds tonight against the Sacramento Kings.
According to Coach Steve Kerr, Kelly Oubre Jr. would likely be the Warriors’ sixth man next season if he re-signs this summer.
But he said Thursday, “I can offer much more than coming off the bench.”
On the other hand, the Golden State Warriors have traded center Marquese Chriss and cash considerations to the San Antonio Spurs.
The team announced today in exchange for the draft rights to center Cady Lalanne.
Likewise, the Golden State Warriors have traded guard Brad Wanamaker, a 2022 second-round draft pick (from Toronto via Philadelphia; top 54 protected), and cash considerations to the Charlotte Hornets.
The team announced today in exchange for a 2025 second-round draft pick (top 55 protected).
Houston Rockets traded their star guard Victor Oladipo to Miami Heat this Thursday. This is Victor’s 5th different team in 8 seasons.
Oladipo has averaged 21.2 points in 20 games with the Rockets. Similarly, he has averaged 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists with the Rockets this season.
He arrived in Houston as part of a four-team trade that delivered All-NBA guard James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets.
Although sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski earlier this week there was widespread confidence Houston would trade Oladipo.
The teams agreed to the 3 pm ET deadline before deciding on the trade.
In return, the Rockets get guard Avery Bradley, forward Kelly Olynyk, and 2022 first-round swap rights. Those swap rights include the Brooklyn Nets pick.
Miami also landed Nemanja Bjelica from the Sacramento Kings for Maurice Harkless and Chris Silva forwards.
Atlanta Hawks trade:
Atlanta Hawks traded Rajon Rondo to the L.A. Clippers in exchange for Lou Williams.
The L.A. Clippers officially completed a swap of veteran guards on Thursday. The Hawks also received two second-round picks and cash from the Clippers.
Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the trade agreement before it was made official following Thursday’s deadline.
Ranjo Rondo averaged 3.9 points and 3.5 assists during his first season in Atlanta.
“We could not be more excited to welcome Rajon to the Clippers,” said Lawrence Frank, president of Basketball Operations.
“He is a proven winner, a relentless competitor, and one of the most skilled orchestrators of his era. We believe he will elevate our group and continue to propel us forward.”
Meanwhile, Lou Williams returns to his hometown of Atlanta, where he played for two seasons from 2012-14.
The three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year averages 12.1 points and 3.4 assists over 42 games this season.
“Lou is arguably the greatest sixth man ever to play the game, and he represented much more than that as a Clipper,” said Lawrence Frank.
“He is a leader and a connector, earning the highest respect from teammates and opponents. He lifted all of us. We will miss Lou and his family dearly.”
Toronto Raptors keep Kyle Lowry.
When Kyle Lowry played this Thursday for Toronto Raptors against the Denver Nuggets, everyone thought it was his last game as the Raptors player.
So, many messages were poured in, wishing him good luck with the future. But the departure news was short-lived since his potential trade to Miami Heat did not happen.
Lowry was considered the biggest prize in the trade for any team that could acquire him.
He is averaging 17.4 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game for the Raptors.
But his trade did not happen as the Raptors did not receive the offer they liked in exchange for Kyle.
Toronto traded Matt Thomas to Utah and Terrence Davis to Sacramento in return for future draft picks.
Similarly, Raptor also traded Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers for Blazers’ Gary Trent Jr and Rodney Hood.
Some other trades include:
The Denver Nuggets acquired forward Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic. In return, Magic gets guard Gary Harris, rookie R.J. Hampton, and a first-round draft pick.
Denver also receives forward Gary Clark as part of the trade package. At the same time, Orlando traded All-Star center Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls.
And the Nuggets acquired backup center JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Hartenstein and two second-round picks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are finalizing trading George Hill to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Since the trade deadline came and passed, all the teams can focus on the matches forward and upcoming play-in tournaments and playoffs.
With so many trades now, NBA heads toward the end of the season. Fans are eager to watch their teams play and see whether the teams made the right choice.
There is still a long way to the season and lots to watch, and these trades make the NBA more interesting.