Welcome to The Blog About Nothing. It’s the 24th of February and the NBA Trade Deadline has come to an uneventful end. As a basketball fan it is a day I look forward to because it’s a time where players could change teams in blockbuster trades. However, the blockbuster has come to a minimum this year.
The only big NBA deal was the one that sent DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans. The temperamental big man will be paired with man-child Anthony Davis. If I’m going into full blown hype mode the two could be the Twin Towers of this generation.
Yes, they could be what David Robinson and Tim Duncan were to the San Antonio Spurs of the late 1990s through the mid-2000s. Or they could be what Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon were to the Houston Rockets in the mid-1980s. One tandem won multiple championships and the other were a good tandem but won nothing.
If I were a betting man, and there’s plenty of that in New Orleans, I’ll bet that they will win nothing together but they will have a lot of fun playing next to each other. Both big men can stretch the floor, they can shoot from range, and when motivated they can score at will. Anthony Davis, especially, should be freed up on the offensive end with defenses keying on another big man with a gifted offensive set.
With that said, it can all fall apart. Davis is injury prone and DeMarcus is just crazy. Well, he’s not crazy. He is, however, a technical foul waiting to happen. He’s never made the playoffs during his time in the NBA and Sacramento had serious doubts about him continuing to be the face of their franchise.
Trading him made sense. Trading him so cheaply, did not. Sacramento received rookie guard Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, and Sacramento re-tread in Tyreke Evans. The Pelicans also threw in some draft picks but that is a poor return for a multi-year All Star and Olympian. Galloway is barely an NBA level player, Evans is just serviceable, and Hield could be a good player, but who knows?
Not the best of returns at all. Cousins’ personality probably kept the offers down but that is still a piss poor return. However, it’s the Sacramento Kings. Not surprising for one of the worst organizations in basketball. They find a way to turn gold into straw, and I will not be surprised if this trade yields nothing.
When Cousins was traded on Sunday, it opened the flood gates to more player movement. The hopeful amongst us were thinking we would see another high level player move. Maybe Jimmy Butler. Or Paul George. Or even an Andre Drummond.
We got none of that. All of them remain with their current teams. We knew there would be no Carmelo Anthony trade since the New York Knicks player has a no trade clause, but maybe there would have been a Derrick Rose trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio. Nope. That did not happen either.
We did see the Houston Rockets trade Corey Brewer and a first round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lou Williams. I do love that trade. In Brewer the Lakers get a solid veteran for the locker room and someone who can mentor their young core, but more importantly they pick up a guaranteed first round draft pick this year, since their pick could revert to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside of the top 3.
In Williams the Rockets pick up a bench scorer and someone who should fit perfectly with Mike D’Antoni’s free flowing system. Williams was having a solid year for the Lakers and the Lakers will absolutely miss his scoring but if they are building for the future then the draft pick is more important that his contributions.
Now that the deadline is over the focus will be on those players who will be bought out by their teams in time to latch onto contenders for the playoff run. Maybe Deron Williams gets bought out by the Dallas Mavericks since their focus has turned to rookie Yogi Ferrell. Maybe Andrew Bogut, who did get dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers gets bought out by Philly since he doesn’t fill a need and he’s too good to play bench minutes on a bad team.
Who knows who else gets bought out, but this is the moment that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and San Antonio Spurs wait for. None of those teams could make a deal at the deadline but you would suspect all three will be waiting to see who gets bought out so that they can be added to their team. The Cavaliers for example are deep in luxury tax territory but someone like Deron Williams would fit their need for a playmaking point guard perfectly.
So as the NBA season nears the finish line there is still a lot of intrigue. Even though the deadline went out with a whimper, there is still a lot of good action ahead. The NBA is still fantastic!
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