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Dallas, Miami and Denver brought reinforcements.
The last day of the NBA trade deadline showed some major improvements among teams hungry for a ring.
In the final moments of the market, the Dallas Mavericks made a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. JJ Redick and Italian Nicolo Melli are coming to Texas. James Johnson and Wes Iwundu went to Louisiana, and Dallas gave up a pick in the second round. The newcomers give Luka Dončić's team more shooters , you can never have too many of those.
The Miami Heat lured star Victor Oladipo into their ranks, and sent center Kelly Olynyk and veteran Avery Bradley to the Houston Rockets along with a 2022 1st round pick swap (top 14 protected) From the Sacramento Kings, the Heat brought Serbian national team player Nemanja Bjelica in exchange for Chris Silva and Moe Harkless.
Events in the NBA market were as varied as expected, with teams looking for missing pieces of the puzzle. Some franchises that openly target the title of champion were also active. The Los Angeles Clippers have lured experienced game organizer Rayon Rondo into their ranks. In return, Lou Williams went to the Atlanta Hawks, with two more selections in the second round .
Andre Drummond, one of the league’s top rebounders, became a free agent after buying a contract from the Cleveland Cavalaiers. Much has been written in recent days about interest from current champion Los Angeles Laker’s . However the Newy York Kicks are a big threat. In the same way as Drummond, the free agent became the center of the San Antonio Spurs - LaMarcus Aldridge. The Philadelphia 76ers, one of the best teams in the East, have strengthened their lineup with veteran George Hill in the exchange of three franchises. The Orlando Magic thoroughly overhauled their team hitting the plunger on a fresh rebuild.
They sent Montenegrins Nikola Vučević and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Chicago Bulls, for whom they received Wendell Carter, Otto Porter and two selections in the first round . Evan Fournier was sent to the Boston Celtics in exchange for two second-round picks, and Aaron Gordon, accompanied by Gary Clark, went to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Gary Harris, RJ Hampton, and a first-round selection. Veteran center JaVale McGee from is also coming from Cleveland to Denver for two second-round selections and Isaiah Hartenstein.
It's hard not to give high grades to Miami, and Denver but Dallas moves are still solid and better than it seems on paper.
Miami and Denver both earn an A for giving themselves a real chance at getting to the NBA finals and even winning it all.
We give the Dallas Mavericks a B+ Reddick is a great shooter who can get hot and provide bursts of microwave scoring. This will put less pressure on Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porginizis in the playoffs and gives them a shot at least getting to the Western Conference finals.
Not a bad days work.
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