NBA Trade Deadline 2020: Winners, Losers & Biggest Takeaways
NBA Trade Deadline 2020
As the NBA’s trade deadline has come and gone, there were winners. There were losers. And there were teams who made moves we cannot quite judge yet.
Read below for three of the biggest takeaways from the deadline.
Rockets Fully Embrace Small Ball
It is no surprise to see Mike D’Antoni trying to change things up again this year. Seeing as how he is yet to get Houston over the hump in the West and reach the Finals, it seems the Rockets may have one more trick in the bag.
With the decision to trade Clint Capela and save some money, Houston also gave away the only big man to receive consistent minutes over the last two years with the Rockets. He was the finisher of a great percentage of the lob passes from Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
He is an elite rim-protector and a tremendous rebounder. And with him gone, it shows that the Rockets are going away from using any big men.
Capela For Covington
In his place is the 6-7 Robert Covington, who was acquired from Minnesota in a four-team, 13-player deal. With shooters at every position now, the Rockets feel like they can force their opponents to adjust to them, and not vice versa.
Houston managed to beat the Lakers without using any bigs on Thursday night. But time will tell if this is a viable strategy to use for not just parts of a game, but the full 48 minutes.
Warriors Look To The Future
The Golden State Warriors aren’t going anywhere this year, and that’s not a surprise at all. They did pick up some fantastic assets which they can use moving forward to dominate next season.
Russell For Wiggins
They traded D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota along with a few role players, and in exchange, Andrew Wiggins heads to the Bay Area. Wiggins is a player that can get his own shot and was having a fantastic season for the struggling Timberwolves.
So for the rest of this year, he will be the top option, even when Stephen Curry returns soon, and then when Klay Thompson comes back healthy next year, they’ll have a formidable four with Curry, Thompson, Wiggins and Draymond Green.
Great Chance For Bowman
The Warriors acquired three second-round picks in exchange for veterans Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III in a deal with Philadelphia that they could also use to move into the first round next year.
With these trades being made, Ky Bowman likely slots in as the starting point guard now. This is a great chance for the Warriors to find out if the undrafted, feisty guard can be a part of their long-term plan. And Marquese Chriss has a great chance to prove that he can stick in this league.
The Warriors are far out of the playoff race this season. They are 1000/1 to win the NBA Title at most betting sites.
Cavaliers Make A Serious Splash
Most people expected the Cleveland Cavaliers to try and move Kevin Love and/or Tristan Thompson at the deadline. But what happened was actually much better for them.
They acquired the league’s best rebounder in Andre Drummond from the Pistons, only having to trade expiring contracts of role players, and a second-round pick. John Henson was a great rim-protector, while Brandon Knight struggled to make an impact.
That is all they had to move to acquire a possible franchise-changing center. Drummond is looking like the best Cavs big man since Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and perhaps the most impactful since Brad Daugherty a few decades ago.
This was an A-plus move from young general manager Koby Altman to try and put the struggling Cavs back on the track to the postseason.
Whether or not they choose to buyout Thompson remains to be seen. If not, they have the best big-man rotation in the game for the rest of the year with Love, Larry Nance Jr., Drummond, and Thompson. This is a great move for a team that will have the money to pay their new center whatever he wants this offseason.