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NBA trade deadline 2021 2021 buzz. March 25 edition

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Thu, 25 Mar 2021 06:00:00 -0700

The NBA trade deadline has officially passed! Here's a recap of all the reported deals and rumblings that occurred before the end of in-season trading









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Victor Oladipo is averaging 20.8 ppg this season.

The NBA trade deadline has officially passed!

Here’s a recap of all the reported deals and rumblings that occurred before the end of in-season trading. 

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Seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge has completed his buyout process with the San Antonio Spurs and will enter free agency, the team announced.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Miami Heat are the “frontrunner” to land Aldridge, but the veteran forward reportedly plans to “talk with several teams” before making his decision.

— 5:21 p.m.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was perhaps the top potential prize on the trade market going into today’s 3 p.m.

ET deadline.

And while there were plenty of teams in pursuit of him throughout the day, he’ll ultimately finish the 2020-21 season right where he started: with the Raptors.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Raptors GM Masai Ujiri ultimately couldn’t find a trade package that compelled him to move Lowry.

Additionally, Ujiri had — per Wojnarowski — been fine with finishing out the season with Lowry in the fold.

— 3:55 p.m.

The New Orleans Pelicans are apparently parting with one of their guards and keeping another one in the fold.

ESPN’s Andrew Lopez reports the Pelicans are sending JJ Redick and big man Nicolo Melli to the Dallas Mavericks for forwards Wesley Iwundu, James Johnson and a 2021 second-round pick.

Additionally, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports guard Lonzo Ball will not be dealt at today’s deadline.

Source says the 2nd-round pick is for this year.

— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) March 25, 2021

No Lonzo Ball trade, sources tell ESPN.

He's staying in New Orleans.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

A career 41.5% 3-point shooter, Redick is in the final year of his contract and is one of the most consistent shooters in NBA history.

However, he has struggled with his 3-point shot this season (36.4%) and is averaging 8.7 ppg — his lowest mark since 2008-09.

Johnson is averaging 5.7 ppg and 3.0 rpg and is known for his defense and toughness, while Iwundu is averaging 2.1 ppg and 1.9 rpg but was known as a solid role player during his days with the Orlando Magic (2017-20).

Ball is in the midst of a career-best season (14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.3 spg) and had his name bandied about in trade talks.

However, he will not be dealt, per Wojnarowski, and is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

— 3:35 p.m.

Fourth-year center Daniel Theis is reportedly moving on to the Chicago Bulls, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics center is averaging 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 apg and will be swapped for Mo Wagner, whom the Bulls reportedly acquired earlier today in a trade with Washington.

Mo Wagner goes to the Celtics, per sources.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

There could be more moves afoot for Boston, however, as Mark Murphy of the Boston Globe reports that guards Jeff Teague and Javonte Green could be on the move soon as well as a possible third team could get involved in the Celtics-Bulls trade.

Source says that Daniel Theis, Jeff Teague and Javonte Green are all headed out, possibly with third team involved between Celtics and Bulls.

— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) March 25, 2021

— 3:29 p.m.

The Golden State Warriors have reportedly made a pair of trades, sending Brad Wanamaker to the Charlotte Hornets and forward Marquese Chriss to the San Antonio Spurs.

I can confirm the @wojespn report that the Warriors are trading Marquese Chriss to the Spurs.

It was unclear if Chriss (broken leg) would be able to play this season, anyway, and he'll be a free agent this summer.

— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 25, 2021

The Hornets are acquiring Golden State's Brad Wanamaker, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021

The complete details of both trades have yet to be reported.

The 31-year-old Wanamaker is averaging 4.7 ppg and 2.5 apg during his third season in the NBA, while Chriss played in just two games this season (6.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) before a broken leg sidelined him.

— 3:25 p.m.

Former All-Star swingman Victor Oladipo is headed back to the Eastern Conference.

Per multiple reports, the Houston Rockets have dealt Oladipo to the Miami Heat for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a 2022 pick swap.

The Raptors are keeping Kyle Lowry, source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Rockets acquire Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a 2022 pick swap from Miami for Victor Oladipo, per source.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 25, 2021

Oladipo’s name was mentioned in trade chatter leading up to the deadline and the Heat were, at times, linked to such talks. This season, Oladipo is averaging 20.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.7 apg and 1.2 spg with Houston and turned down a reported two-year extension with the Rockets back in late February.

— 3:10 p.m.

The Toronto Raptors have dealt reserve guard Terence Davis to the Sacramento Kings for a future second-round pick, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Davis is averaging 6.9 ppg and 1.9 rpg this season.

— 2:57 p.m.

Guard Kyle Lowry is still a Raptor with less than 20 minutes to go on trade deadline day.

It appears the Raptors have gotten an offer from the Miami Heat for him and are weighing it.

Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Heat were unwilling to include Tyler Herro in the trade, but were willing to include Duncan Robinson and possibly rookie Precious Achiuwa as well.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reporting Heat have made their offer for Kyle Lowry and Raptors weighing, with Heat unwilling to add Tyler Herro to mix, but willing with Duncan Robinson, possibly Precious Achiuwa.

— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) March 25, 2021

What I'm hearing with 30 mins to go: Offers for Lowry have been underwhelming & Raptors are comfortable keeping him past the deadline if they don't think anything that's out there moves the needle for them.

Lots of posturing between savvy front offices.

Should go down to the wire

— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 25, 2021

— 2:44 p.m.

Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo is apparently on his way back to Los Angeles.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the LA Clippers are trading for Rondo in exchange for Lou Williams, two second-round picks and cash.

Clippers are finalizing a deal to acquire Rajon Rondo from Atlanta for Lou Williams, two second-round picks and cash, sources tell me and @sam_amick.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021

Hawks are trading Rajon Rondo to the Clippers for Lou Williams, source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

A 14-year veteran, Rondo is averaging 3.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 3.5 apg for the Hawks this season as the backup to star guard Trae Young.

Last season, Rondo played a backup role for the Los Angeles Lakers as they won the NBA title.

He averaged 7.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 5.0 apg.

Williams, a three-time Kia Sixth Man of the Year award winner, is averaging 12.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3.4 apg this season.

He will bolster Atlanta’s bench as it looks to solidify its standing and make the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

A native of Georgia, Williams played for the Hawks from 2012-2014.

— 2:24 p.m.

The Utah Jazz have the NBA’s best record and set roster continuity, so a major trade from them was not expected today.

They lived up to that, but also did make a small deal with the Toronto Raptors, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Raptors have dealt backup guard Matt Thomas to Utah for a Draft pick.

Per Blake Murphy of The Athletic, the pick is Golden State’s second-round pick in 2021.

For Toronto, the deal opens up an additional roster spot should the team be able to trade star guard Kyle Lowry before the 3 p.m.


The Jazz are sending GSW's 2021 2nd to the Raptors in that Thomas deal, per a source.

— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) March 25, 2021

Deal opens a roster spot to take on an additional player in a Lowry trade.

Raptors continue talking to teams on deals within 45 minutes of deadline.

Thomas gives the Jazz another in an endless line of three-point shooters on the team.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Thomas is a career 45.7% 3-point shooter and his long-range accuracy will surely be welcomed by the 3-point happy Jazz this season.

— 2:09 p.m.

The biggest fish in the trade deadline-day pond is Toronto Raptors guard and All-Star Kyle Lowry.

The Philadelphia 76ers are likely out of the chase for him after they reportedly traded for Oklahoma City guard George Hill.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that while the 76ers are out of the mix for Lowry, the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers remain very much in the mix for him.

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

Says the Raptors remain engaged with Heat and Lakers.

Lakers offering Schroder+KCP package, Heat offering Robinson-led package.

Says THT and Herro inclusion are the hold-ups.

— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) March 25, 2021

With 76ers no longer pursuing Lowry (per ESPN), Heat obviously remains very much in it.

A source said Lakers and Clippers also have engaged.

— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) March 25, 2021

— 2:05 p.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers have gotten one of the bigger fish at the trade deadline by working a trade for the Toronto Raptors’ Norman Powell.

In a trade first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are trading Powell to Portland for Gary Trent Jr.

and Rodney Hood.

Toronto has traded Norm Powell to Portland for Gary Trent and Rodney Hood, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Blazers source confirms Gary Trent Jr.

and Rodney Hood traded to Toronto for Norm Powell.

@wojespn first.

— Jason Quick (@jwquick) March 25, 2021

Powell, one of the top targets at the trade deadline, is averaging 19.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg and shooting a career-best 43.9% on 3-pointers.

He is expected to decline the $11.6 million option on his deal this offseason and become an unrestricted free agent.

— 1:02 p.m.

Whether or not the Philadelphia 76ers stay in the chase to land guard Kyle Lowry is yet to be seen.

However, the Sixers will have a new guard in the backcourt as the Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly agreed to trade George Hill there, per multiple reports.

The three-team trade encompasses the 76ers, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The 76ers get Hill and Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis, the Knicks get 76ers swingman Terrance Ferguson and the Thunder get Knicks guard Austin Rivers, 76ers center Tony Bradley and second-round picks in 2025 and 2025 from Philadelphia.

Three-way deal with Knicks.

Terrance Ferguson to New York in the trade, per sources.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021


The veteran Hill averaged 11.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3.1 apg for OKC this season and has been a vital contributor to several playoff teams throughout his career.

Bradley, a backup center, is averaging 5.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg — both career highs — while Rivers is averaging 7.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.0 apg this season.

Ferguson (0.2 ppg, 13 games played) has seen his time severely diminish after figuring into the Thunder’s rotation the last three seasons.

— 12:58 p.m.

Miami is reportedly adding another versatile player to its frontline, reportedly finalizing a trade with Sacramento to acquire Nemanja Bjelica.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Bjelica will go to the Heat while the Kings will get forward Moe Harkless and forward Chris Silva.

Miami is sending Moe Harkless and Chris Silva to the Kings, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Nemanja Bjelica’s production and role have taken a step back this season in Sacramento as his 7.2 ppg and 16.9 mpg are his lowest marks since 2017-18.

As the Kings have looked to give Marvin Bagley III a bigger role, Bjelica’s has shrunk.

Per Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, Bjelica seemed likely to get dealt and the timing of trading him was “trending toward deadline day” as of Wednesday.

— 12:43 p.m.

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has been on the trading block all week and the Boston Celtics were among the teams expected to vie for his services.

But in a bit of a surprise, the Denver Nuggets have reportedly agreed to acquire Gordon, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In the trade the Magic will send Gordon and forward Gary Clark to Denver for guards Gary Harris and RJ Hampton and a 2025 first-round pick.

Denver is trading its a protected 2025 first-round pick in the deal, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

The former No.

4 overall pick of the 2014 draft is averaging 14.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 4.2 apg for the Magic this season, but has been hampered by injuries in 2020-21. Overall, Gordon has played in 428 career NBA games, all of them with the Magic, and he ranks in the franchise’s top 10 in rebounds, blocks and games played.

— 12:32 p.m.

After upgrading their frontcourt by reportedly trading for All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from Orlando, the Chicago Bulls are making more moves before the deadline.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Bulls are sending forward Chandler Hutchison to the Wizards for center Mo Wagner and forward Troy Brown.

Washington is trading Troy Brown and Mo Wagner to Chicago for Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchinson, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Hutchison has fallen out of the Bulls’ rotation after a solid sophomore campaign in 2019-20 (7.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg), averaging 1.9 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 9.1 mpg.

Brown is averaging 4.3 ppg and 2.9 rpg this season as a reserve while Wagner is at 7.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg.

12:26 p.m.

The Boston Celtics have reportedly added some backcourt depth in short order as they are finalizing a deal with the Orlando Magic for Evan Fournier.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports the deal is done, which was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In the deal, the Celtics acquire Fournier from Orlando for two second-round picks.

The Orlando Magic have traded Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

Boston acquires a strong scorer and shooter.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021

The Magic are sending Evan Fournier to the Celtics, league sources have confirmed.

— Roy Parry (@osroyparry) March 25, 2021

Fournier is in his ninth NBA season and is averaging a career-best 19.7 ppg along with 2.9 rpg and 3.7 apg.

He is shooting 45% overall and 38.8% on 3-pointers — both of which are down from last season’s marks of 46.7% and 39.9% respectively.

Boston ranks 14th in the NBA in 3-pointers made and 11th in 3-point percentage, so Fournier’s shooting touch could help the Celtics improve in both areas.

The pending trade means Orlando has moved its top two scorers — Fournier to Boston and center Nikola Vucevic to Chicago — in the span of about 30 minutes.

That fact wasn’t lost on Magic guard Terrence Ross, who tweeted a quick gif of his emotions regarding it all.

— 11:32 a.m.

The Chicago Bulls have reportedly swung the first blockbuster trade of 2021’s trade deadline day, acquiring All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic, per multiple reports.

In the trade — which was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski — Orlando will send Vucevic and forward Al-Farouq Aminu to Chicago for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter and two first-round picks.

Bulls are sending Wendell Carter Jr.

and two first-round picks to the Magic, per sources.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Vucevic has been the Magic’s best player for several seasons, garnering All-Star nods in two of the last three seasons.

While Magic forward Aaron Gordon has been in trade talks all week, Wojnarowski reported earlier Thursday that the Magic were open to trade offers for Vucevic.

This season, Vucevic is averaging a career-best 24.5 ppg to go along with 11.8 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.0 spg.

Carter Jr., the former No.

7 overall pick of the 2018 draft by Chicago, is averaging 10.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.2 apg but recently lost his starting job with the Bulls.

Porter is a reserve for the Bulls averaging 9.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2.0 apg and is known for his 3-point shooting (40.4% career from 3-point range) and defense.

Porter is on the final year of his contract ($28.4 million) while Carter Jr.

has a team option for 2021-22.

— 11:07 a.m.

The Denver Nuggets are getting JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Hartenstein and two future protected second-round picks, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Mike Singer of The Denver Post.

Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report on the trade, and John Hollinger of The Athletic reports the second-round picks being traded are in 2023 and 2027.

Source: The Nuggets sought a stronger, veteran presence inside and believe McGee fits that mold.


Hartenstein, the Cavs were one of the teams interested in him before he landed in Denver.

He'll get a significantly bigger role in Cleveland.

— Mike Singer (@msinger) March 25, 2021

McGee, who started his career with the Washington Wizards, played for the Nuggets from 2011-15 before stops with the Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland.

He is averaging 8.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.2 bpg in 33 games as a reserve for the Cavs this season.

Hartenstein has appeared in 30 games for the Nuggets, averaging 3.5 ppg and 2.8 rpg in a reserve role.

The Cavs are still trying to find a trade partner for former All-Star center Andre Drummond, who has not played since February.

— 10:13 a.m.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is perhaps the top potential prize on the trade market going into today’s 3 p.m.

ET deadline, which means Wednesday’s win against the Denver Nuggets might have been his last in a Toronto Raptors uniform.

Where he ends up remains unknown, but the list of suitors for him seems to be ever-growing.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat, per multiple reports, seem to be leading the pack of teams pursuing him — with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers also in that mix.

— 8:07 a.m.


Andre Drummond has not played in a game for the Cleveland Cavaliers since Feb.

21, the date on which the team decided it would not be keeping him past this season.

Since then, his name has come up in trade rumors regularly and that is only increasing as the 3 p.m.

ET deadline today nears.

Last night, the New York Knicks emerged as a potential destination for Andre Drummond, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

But acquiring Drummond via trade may not be the only way he moves on.

— 7:21 a.m.

It has been nearly a month since LaMarcus Aldridge last played a game, a result of he and the San Antonio Spurs mutually agreeing to work on finding him a new home.

The trade deadline is here and Aldridge is still technically a Spur, but his hefty remaining contract ($24 million) may make him more of a post-trade deadline buyout candidate than a traded player, writes Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.

If the Spurs can trade Aldridge, McDonald reports that any return they’d get for him would be a relief.

Also worth noting: the Spurs haven’t made a trade deadline-day deal since 2014.

— 7 a.m.

From Karl-Anthony Towns’ absence due to COVID-19 to a variety of injuries and other issues, the 2020-21 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves has been forgettable.

Rookie Jaden McDaniels has been a bright spot from his stats (5.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg in 20.1 mpg) to his overall talent level.

Chris Hine of the Star Tribune reports that Minnesota has kicked the tires on trades for Aaron Gordon and John Collins.

However, Minnesota is not willing to part with McDaniels in potential trades, which may be hurting its ability to work a deal.

— 6:45 a.m.

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The seven-time All-Star becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Nurkic, who has been out since January, announced his return on Twitter.

The 23-year-old forward is out for the season with a leg injury.

Redick will join his sixth team in 15 seasons.

The fourth-year center will reportedly join a Chicago squad that was active before the trade deadline.

Brad Wanamker played two seasons with Boston before joining Golden State this season.

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We're grading every big deal during the 2021 NBA trade deadline


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We’re grading every big deal during the 2021 NBA trade deadline.

The 2021 NBA trade deadline has passed, and the league is still trying to catch its breath.

With the introduction of the play-in tournament deciding the last two seeds in the postseason for each conference, more teams than ever saw the trade deadline as an opportunity to load up for a run this season.

It led to one of the most active deadlines in recent memory.

All-Star center Nikola Vucevic was the best player to get traded, going from the Orlando Magic to the Chicago Bulls for two first round picks and young center Wendell Carter Jr.

The Bulls also acquired Troy Brown from the Washington Wizards for Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison.

The Vucevic deal was the first big trade of the day, but there were plenty of other notable names dealt.

Aaron Gordon is going from the Magic to Denver Nuggets, Norman Powell is going from the Raptors to Portland Trail Blazers, and Evan Fournier is going to Boston Celtics.

We’re here to grade every deadline deal.

Let’s get it.


Chicago gets: Nikola Vucevic, Al-Farouq Aminu

Orlando gets: Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr., Chicago’s first round picks in 2021 and 2023 (1-4 protected)

The Bulls have a new front office led by Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley, and this trade finally lets them put their fingerprints on the team.

Vucevic is having the best season of his career at age 30, becoming an All-Star for the second time and blossoming into a 40 percent three-point shooter.

Chicago already had one All-Star in place in Zach LaVine, and the two should complement each other well on the offensive end.

Vucevic will provide some much needed interior scoring for Chicago while also spacing the floor.

LaVine just got that much more dangerous in the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop situations.

It’s a steep price to pay for a player who turns 31 years old in Oct., but the Bulls were able to get 1-4 protections on the draft picks and will expect them to be in the late teens or 20s moving forward.

The Magic had snuck into the bottom end of the playoffs the last two years only to get eliminated quickly once there.

This season, Orlando has been one of the worst teams in the league from the very start, entering the trade deadline at 15-29 overall, the second worst record in the East.

The move to trade Vucevic signals a total rebuild, and the Magic were able to cash in by getting two lightly protected first round picks from Chicago.

Carter, the No.

7 overall pick from the 2018 draft, remains an interesting prospect even after an underwhelming start to his career with the Bulls.

The Magic add him to a rotation with Mo Bamba, the No.

5 overall pick from the same draft, at the center spot.

This trade is mostly about the first round picks, and being able to get two of them from a Bulls team without a championship ceiling as presently constructed is a nice prize for Vucevic.


Denver gets: Aaron Gordon, Gary Clark

Orlando gets: Gary Harris, RJ Hampton and a first-round pick

The Nuggets wanted to add more athleticism to the front court and find a replacement for what they lost when Jerami Grant decided to sign with the Detroit Pistons in free agency.

Gordon fills both of those needs.

The 25-year-old forward never fully capitalized on his potential within a crowded Orlando front court, but his two-way versatility makes him a nice fit next to Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr.

Gordon is under contract for one more season after this year.

The Nuggets are hoping to capitalize on Nikola Jokic’s MVP season right now, and traded a future first plus their most recent first round draft pick in Hampton to get a deal done.

The Nuggets won’t have a ton of flexibility left in remaking the team, but they think they have their big four pieces now in place.

The Magic were tearing it down from the moment they traded Vucevic, so getting a first round pick and an intriguing young guard for Gordon makes for a nice return.

Hampton is only 20 years old and has barely played this year, but he has nice size and an aggressive scoring mindset that could help him eventually develop into a rotation piece.

The Magic will view Hampton as another lottery ticket to pair with Markelle Fultz in the backcourt long-term.

It never hurts to add another first round pick, either, even if it’s expected to be in the mid-20s.


Boston gets: Evan Fournier

Orlando gets: Two second round picks

The Celtics were able to absorb Fournier into the trade exception they acquired in Gordon Hayward’s decision to join the Hornets.

Boston badly needed another guard with shot-making ability, and to only send out two second round picks in this deal makes it a nice move.

There’s also the opportunity cost of the players the Celtics did not go after with their trade exception, most notably Myles Turner, who was rumored to be available this summer.

The Celtics had to do something with that exception, and Fournier should bolster what has been a disappointing team ahead of the playoff run.

Orlando stocked up on all of the picks at the trade deadline.

What’s see what the Magic can do with it.


Portland gets: Norman Powell

Toronto gets: Gary Trent Jr., Rodney Hood

Powell is in the midst of a career-season and is set to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

The 27-year-old guard is averaging 19.6 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent shooting from three-point range this year.

Portland has always been looking for another dynamic shot-maker on the perimeter next to Damian Lillard and C.J.

McCollum, and Powell can be that.

It’s a blow to lose Trent, who will be an unrestricted free agent next season and had turned himself into a nice player since his red-hot run in the bubble.

Still, Trent didn’t fit as well next to the two Blazers’ stars in the backcourt, and Powell offers more immediate help for this year.

Toronto has bottomed out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture this year, and needs to reload with young talent.

Trent Jr.

is only 22 years old and is making 40 percent of his threes both this season and for his career.

The Raptors will have to pay him in restricted free agency, but he gives the team a solid young shooter who can be part of their next good team.


Philadelphia gets: George Hill, Iggy Brazdeikis

Oklahoma City gets: Tony Bradley, Philly’s second round picks in 2025 and 2026, and Austin Rivers

Knicks get: Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier, 2021 2nd round pick from Philly

The Sixers needed another guard who could shoot, defend, and handle the ball, and Hill still checks those boxes even at age 34.

He’s played in a ton of big playoff games to this point in his career, and should add a stabilizing veteran presence to a Sixers backcourt that needed an infusion of talent.

The Thunder had no use for Hill during their rebuild.

Bradley, a former first round draft pick, had looked good in his minutes recently and could be a solid big for them over the next few years.

The Thunder always love adding draft picks, and now they have two more second rounders.

This seems like just about the best deal OKC could have gotten for Hill.


Heat get: Nemanja Bjelica

Kings get: Moe Harkless, Chris Silva

Beljinca is a 32-year-old, 6’10 power forward who had hit at least 40 percent of his three-pointers in the last three seasons before this year.

He hasn’t played many minutes this season in Sacramento and has seen his three-point percentage fall to 29 percent, but his proven track record as a front court shooter fits the Heat’s system.

It’s a decent buy-low upgrade for Miami.

From the Kings’ perspective, there wasn’t much need for Bjelica during another season that will end with a playoff appearance.

Silva, a former standout for South Carolina, could be an interesting piece for a team that could use long-term front court help.

The 24-year-old Silva has played less than 100 minutes this year, but had a few moments when he got on the floor last season.

It’s a decent flyer for Sacramento to take.


Hawks get: Lou Williams, a pair of second round draft picks

Clippers get: Rajon Rondo

Rondo wasn’t going to help the Hawks this year, so picking up two first round picks and another bench scorer in Williams — who is a native of Atlanta — is a solid return.

Williams’ contract is expiring after this season to make him a free agent.

Playoff Rondo back? Playoff Rondo back.

We doubted Rondo last season only to have him turn in another solid run in the playoffs.

He hasn’t looked good in the regular season, but he always seems to find another level in the playoffs.

The Clippers needed playmaking and Williams had struggled in the postseason in recent years.

It’s fine gambling by the Clips, but they might want to flip Rondo over the summer.


Dallas gets: JJ Redick and Nicoli Melli

New Orleans gets: James Johnson, Wes Iwundu, second rounder

Redick is one of the best shooters of his generation, but does he have anything left in the tank? That’s the big question for Dallas, who desperately wanted two shooters around Luka Doncic.

For every question Redick might solve offensively, he presents new problems defensively.

This doesn’t feel like it’s going to move the needle too much either way, but good on Dallas for taking a shot at a player with playoff experience who could help space for the floor for Luka if he can stay on it defensively.


Miami gets: Victor Oladipo

Houston gets: Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a draft swap

Oladipo will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and hasn’t been the same player since suffering a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee in 2019.

Even if he doesn’t play like a star anymore, the veteran guard can still provide some scoring punch for a Heat team that needs all the weapons it can get going into the playoffs.

Miami didn’t give up much for him.

From the Rockets’ perspective: why did they choose Oladipo over Caris LeVert in the James Harden deal if they were only going to walk away with Kelly Olynyk?

Details of the Celtics/Wizards/Bulls deal, per league sources:

Wizards get D.

Gafford, C.

Celtics get L.

Kornet, M.

Bulls get D.

Theis, J.

Green, T.

Brown Jr.

, $1.3m (from BOS) $250k (from WAS)

Bulls grade: A

Wizards grade: B+

Celtics grade: C

The Bulls were able to get the best player (Theis) and best prospect (Brown) in this deal.

The Celtics dodged the luxury tax and opened up minutes for young center Robert Williams.

The Wizards’ side of the deal is anyone’s guess.

Hutchison is a big wing who can’t stay healthy or shoot.

Gafford is a decent lob threat and shot blocker, but he doesn’t offer much versatility.

It feels like the Bulls win this one for now, but it’s possible the Wizards come out looking decent in a couple years.


– March 25, 2021
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