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Analyzing biggest NBA trade deadline deals and where teams go from here

Knicks

Acquired: Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, two future first-round picks

Mavericks

Acquired: Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, Trey Burke

Analysis:

For the Knicks, the point was to create cap space for two max free agents and make a run at some combination of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. If it works, the Knicks made a good trade. If it doesn’t, the Knicks dealt away their franchise star for useless cap space. The Mavericks, meanwhile, got a young potential star in Porzingis to fit into Luka Doncic’s timeline.

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76ers

Acquired: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott

Clippers

Acquired: Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, 2020 first-round pick, 2021 first-round pick (via Miami), 2021 second-round pick, 2023 second-round pick

Analysis:

A deal that makes sense for both sides. The Sixers are pushing for a Finals appearance and Harris is having a borderline All-Star season. The big question, though – what does this mean for Jimmy Butler’s future in Philly? The Clippers are setting themselves up for a big free-agent push this summer and also acquired picks in this deal to try and entice the Pelicans into a deal for Anthony Davis.

Suns

Acquired: Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington

Heat

Acquired: Ryan Anderson

Analysis:

The Suns took on Johnson’s unappealing contract to see if they can extract something more out of the guard. Good luck. The Heat is one of the best in the business in player development and the Suns have been a disaster. For Miami, this was about dumping salary for a contract (Anderson’s) that is only partially guaranteed.

Pistons

Acquired: Thon Maker

Bucks

Acquired: Stanley Johnson

Analysis:

Basically teams swapping young and underachieving prospects to one another hoping to jar something loose. Maker, the 10th overall pick in 2016, just never worked out in Milwaukee.

Bulls

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Acquired: Otto Porter Jr.

Wizards

Acquired: Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, 2023 second-round pick

Analysis:

Seriously, what the heck are the Wizards doing? They’re neither trying to compete nor rebuilding. They’re teetering and the front office is simply surviving. Trading Otto Porter makes sense if they were also willing to trade Bradley Beal, which, apparently, they weren’t. The Wizards are a mess and owe the injured John Wall a boatload of money.

Kings

Acquired: Harrison Barnes

Mavericks

Acquired: Zach Randolph, Justin Jackson

Analysis:

Nobody pays attention because they’re the Kings, but Sac is actually playing well this season. The move for Barnes was meant to assist in a push for a playoff spot, while the Mavericks are moving in a different direction and created cap space for the summer with this move.

Pelicans

Acquired: Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson, four future second-round picks

Bucks

Acquired: Nikola Mirotic

Analysis:

Four second-round picks is somewhat costly but the Bucks are going for it this year and Mirotic, a sharpshooting big man, fits perfectly in Mike Budenholzer’s system. The Pelicans are going nowhere so recouping draft picks is a priority.

Raptors

Acquired: Marc Gasol

Grizzlies

Acquired: Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, 2024 second-round pick

Analysis:

Disappointing that the Grizzlies couldn’t get a first-round pick for the best player in franchise history, but the league has moved away from grounded big men like Gasol and this return is indicative of that. Valancuinas and Wright can help the Grizzlies, who kept Mike Conley through the deadline. For the Raptors, this is about pushing toward a championship while they still have Kawhi Leonard on the roster

Magic

Acquired: Markelle Fultz

76ers

Acquired: Jonathon Simmons, 2020 first-round pick (via Thunder), future second-round pick

Analysis:

Fultz has been a physical and mental disaster since he was picked first overall by the Sixers in 2017. He needs a relocation and the Sixers were only able to get a low-value first-round pick out of it. This deal falls on the previous Sixers front office for drafting Fultz in the first place.

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