Miami trades Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters, and James Johnson to Memphis for Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, and Solomon Hill.
The Heat are clearly in win now mode. They currently sit at 35-19, which ranks fourth in the conference. Going into the season, nobody expected Miami to rank second in the Eastern Conference. Pat Riley has seemingly hit on every off-season move. Jimmy Butler has been in the MVP conversation. Tyler Herro is developing into a tremendous sharpshooter. Kendrick Nunn was easily the biggest steal of the off-season. Are all these moves enough to beat Milwaukee and Boston come playoff time? I don’t think so. However, Miami has a great young core to build upon and these three veterans will give the Heat great balance throughout their rotation.
Golden State sends Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to Philadelphia for 3 second round picks.
During the first half of the season, the 76ers have lacked depth from the bench. When Elton Brand handed both Tobias Harris and Al Horford multi year deals, it somewhat handcuffed them in regards to the salary cap. Zhaire Smith hasn’t panned out as planned thus far leaving Korkmaz and Thybylle as the younger options off the bench. Before the trade, Philadelphia had a bench filled with older veterans. They used several of their assets to acquire Tobias Harris from the Clippers, which didn’t leave the 76ers much to play with. Burks gives Brent Brown a playmaker off the bench and Glenn Robinson should continue building on his career year. Like Miami, Philadelphia will likely win a playoff series, but may not make a deep run.
Warriors trade D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans III, and Omari Spellman for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 first round draft pick (top 3 protected), and a 2021 second round draft pick.
The Warriors lineup looks dramatically different with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson injured and Kevin Durant on a new team. With a healthy roster, Wiggins should be a better schematic for than Russell, due to his ability to play small forward. D’Lo and Curry both play as primary ball handlers, which could’ve led to a hot mess. Little by little, Golden State is stocking up on draft picks. Their own 2020 first round pick should be very high in the lottery and may somehow be the worst player in the Warrior’s starting lineup come October. This team definitely has their sights set on the 2020-2021 and looks to make another championship run.
Minnesota has finally found Karl-Anthony Towns an all-star caliber running mate. The Timberwolves did actually choose Kris Dunn with their 2016 first round pick, but dealt him to Chicago as part of the package for Jimmy Butler. Jeff Teague was later brought in as a free agent, which evidently didn’t work out. I believe that Minnesota has finally found their franchise point guard in D’Angelo Russell.
4 Team Deal between Atlanta, Houston, Minnesota, and Denver
One of the two big pieces in this mega deal was Clint Capela, who made his way from Houston to Atlanta. As of late, Houston has been playing small ball with PJ Tucker at the 5 spot. Covington is a better fit for the team with his two way abilities on the wing. However, Daryl Morey also sent Nene to the Hawks and flipped Jordan Bell to Memphis, leaving the team with little size off the bench.
The only negative coming from Atlanta is that they have less salary cap room to work with in the off-season. That being said, they’ll still have a good chunk of room compared to other teams in the league. Atlanta has such tremendous youth and they are set up for the future. Capela will be the team’s oldest starter at only 25 years old.
Denver and Minnesota both received a mix of young players, expiring contracts, and draft capital. The Nuggets won’t have too much flexibility until Paul Millsap’s contract expires, but acquired decent role players in Napier, Bates-Diop, and Vonleh. The Timberwolves took on Evan Turner’s expiring deal, which will give them some flexibility come the off-season.