The lifting of the NBA moratorium created fireworks across the league. Multiple teams with plans for trades that had been brewing for months were finally able to fire them off, and did so immediately. Most notably, Chris Paul is heading to the Arizona desert, Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanovic are bound for Milwaukee, and Robert Covington is joining Dame and the gang in Portland.
CP3 to Phoenix
- Chris Paul (on the books for 2 years, $86M)
- Abdel Nader (1 year, $2M)
- Ricky Rubio (2 years, $35M)
- Kelly Oubre (1 year, $14M)
- Ty Jerome (3 years, $9M)
- Jalen Lecque (3 years, $5M)
- 2022 First Round Pick (1-12 protected in 2022)
From the Suns Side:
The Suns acquisition of Chris Paul after their exciting 8-0 bubble record signals that they've officially transitioned from rebuilding into contending mode. There are risks here with adding CP3 - Paul is 35 and only getting older, he can be prickly and could upset the good vibes the Suns found last year, Phoenix's issue last year was poor defense and Paul's not a big upgrade over Rubio there - but he should expedite Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton reaching their best selves and lead the Suns to the playoffs. And no one James Jones traded was of consequence in their long term plans. Well played.
From the Thunder Side:
Similar to my thoughts on them trading away Dennis Schroder, I'm concerned that the Thunder didn't get enough in return for a player who was one of the more in-demand players on the trade block, not to mention an NBA legend. Jerome and Lecque were salary filler and negligible inclusions in the deal. Oubre is on a one year deal, and I doubt OKC will want to pay him upwards of $15M next year, so he's really just another asset like Danny Green that we have to expect to be flipped again at the trade deadline. Rubio is good enough that he'll make it tough for the Thunder to tank, but not good or young enough that he'll be on the Thunder long term. And realistically, Phoenix's pick will convey in the mid First Round in 2022. So essentially CP was traded for a future mid first rounder and two decent assets that will be likely be moved. I have to believe that there were better offers out there, and if not, why not wait until another franchise gets desperate at the trade deadline?
Jrue to Milwaukee
- Jrue Holiday (on the books for 2 years, $52M)
- Eric Bledsoe (3 years, $54M)
- George Hill (2 years, $20M)
- #24 Pick in 2020 Draft (via IND)
- 2024 right to swap First Round picks
- 2025 First Round Pick
- 2026 right to swap First Round picks
- 2027 First Round Pick
From the Bucks Side:
The modus operandi in Milwaukee is pretty straight forward: go all in on this upcoming season immediately, or face losing Giannis to free agency. Bledsoe unfortunately had lost the team's trust over the past two playoff runs, and an upgrade was needed. Holiday should be an excellent tertiary playmaker and scorer for the Bucks, not to mention being one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. If this in conjunction with the Bogdanovic trade is enough to convince Giannis to stay, the move was 100% worth all of the draft capital given up, especially because the means they will all likely be late First Round picks.
From the Pelicans Side:
New Orleans had made it known publicly that Holiday was available, believing that his timeline didn't match up with their core. With plenty of offers to choose from, the Pelicans chose to stock up on draft picks. Bledsoe will be productive and potentially a nice match with Lonzo, especially since he likely won't have to worry about the bright lights of the postseason. And Hill is a nice rotation player who can help provide veteran leadership or be flipped to a contender. The Pelicans got back quick a haul as they shape their roster around Zion, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo.
Bogie to the Bucks
- Bogdan Bogdanovic (via sign & trade)
- Justin James (2 years, $3M)
- Donte DiVincenzo (2 years, $8M)
- Ersan Ilyasova (1 year, $7M)
- DJ Wilson (1 year, $5M)
From the Bucks Side:
Yes, the Bucks have a ton of money committed for the foreseeable future and only have 7 players on the roster, but this was highway robbery. Bogdan Bogdanovic will be another sharpshooter for Milwaukee who has proven himself on the biggest stages, hitting big shots both here in the NBA and in Europe. He'll be an extremely overqualified fourth option for the Bucks, and they're upgrading on the one player of impact they gave up, DiVincenzo. If Milwaukee can't make it to the Finals with a lineup of Holiday - Bogdanovic - Middleton - Giannis - Lopez, Coach Bud will likely be on his way out of town.
From the Kings Side:
I thought we had a new, smarter regime in Sacramento now? Wilson and Ilyasova might be useful as expiring contracts in future trades this year, otherwise they provide minimal value here. Donte DiVincenzo is thought of as a good young player, but he's only under contract for two more years and the best case scenario of his career is worse than who Bogdanovic is today. At least this may ease tensions with Buddy Hield?
The Kings have put themselves in a position where they'll likely feel that they have to re-sign him in two years to feel like they received value from this deal, which are the types of situations that lead to bad contracts and general mediocrity. Just ask Elton Brand.
RoCo to the Blazers
- Robert Covington (2 years, $25M)
- Trevor Ariza (1 year, $13M)
- #16 Pick in 2020 Draft
- 2021 First Round Pick (protected)
From the Blazers Side:
Convington is a perfect fit for the Blazers. They've needed a 3&D wing for the past few years, and RoCo is one of the best in the league, and on a fair contract to boot. Portland also needs players who are ready to contribute today, so it makes sense that they'd opt for a proven veteran over whoever they could've grabbed at #16 this year. I docked a few points for also including the 2021 first, but at least it did provide top notch fodder for NBA Twitter.
From the Rockets Side:
A mid first rounder, a future first (like around #20), and a vet on an expiring deal is quite a return for a non-All Star. I'm also taking this as a clear sign that the full teardown is imminent in Houston.