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Thursday, 7 February 2019

$35 million NBA tug of war ends in a stalemate


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Mayhem ensued as we reached the NBA Trade Deadline with no less than half the league involved in transactions, but somehow Anthony Davis remained a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Los Angeles Lakers spared no effort in an attempt to pry the six-time All-Star out of New Orleans, but were ultimately rebuffed by Pelicans GM Dell Demps who reportedly ignored Lakers president Magic Johnson's calls over the last week.

While Davis' non-move was the biggest news of the day, several other contenders made significant splashes in their hopes to usurp the Golden State Warriors at the top of the NBA.

Philadelphia 76ers trade Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Johnathan Simmons plus a future-first round and second-round pick

The Sixers finally cut bait on the unfortunate trade they made ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft, by dealing the first overall pick Markelle Fultz.

Philadelphia desperately tried to get the point guard integrated into its team to start the season, but with the acquisition of Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, the Sixers moved into win-now mode.

For Fultz, you hope that a new situation, away from the bright lights and pressure of Philadelphia allows him to get fully healthy and show signs of the player he was in Washington.

Markelle Fultz

Philadelphia also adds Simmons, a rugged perimeter defender, to a team that is suddenly capable of defending any team in the league.

The Sixers moving on from Fultz also confirms Australian star Ben Simmons as the team's unquestioned point guard for the foreseeable future.

Philadelphia was also able to add forward James Ennis from the Houston Rockets in exchange for draft considerations.

Ennis is a 36 percent career three-point shooter and will add further wing depth to the Sixers bench.

Memphis Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round pick

The Gasol-Mike Conley era comes to an end in Memphis with the Spanish veteran moved to Toronto.

Despite his advanced age, Gasol is still an extremely useful piece and is a definite upgrade for the Raptors over Valanciunas.

Gasol has had a disappointing season in some people's eyes but is still averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 53 outings this season.

Marc Gasol

The Spaniard remains one of the most prolific passing big men in the league and his ability to make plays out of the center position should unclog space for Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard.

Valanciunas, who was drafted fifth overall by the Raptors in 2011, had fallen out of favour with the emergence of Paskal Siakam, and will likely be a starter for the Grizzlies alongside talented rookie Jaren Jackson Jr.

For Memphis, the deal is about all you can expect for Gasol, who is no longer quite the player he was a couple of years ago, and Wright is a legitimately good piece to build around moving forward, especially if the Grizzlies part ways with Conley in the summer.

New Orleans Pelicans trade Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and multiple second-round picks

One of those moves that could shape what is turning out to be a power-packed top of the Eastern Conference.

Mirotic brings more shooting to a Bucks squad that is already averaging the second most made three-point shots per game in the league.

The 27-year-old Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from three-point range.

Nikola Mirotic

Put out a lineup of Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mirotic and Brook Lopez, and suddenly the Bucks are cooking with fire.

The current foursome mentioned in the Mirotic plus starters lineup above are already blowing teams out of the water, out scoring opponents by the tune of 10.4 points per 100 possessions over 535 minutes so far this season.

For the Pelicans, with the impending move of Anthony Davis, and yesterday's acquisition of Markieff Morris, Mirotic's days were numbered and they get to take a flyer on Johnson who is a former top-10 pick.

Los Angeles Lakers trade Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Mike Muscala

The big deadline day move for the Lakers ends up being one that is simply to open up a roster spot.

It's certainly a curious decision to say the least to cut bait on Zubac who has shown legitimate signs of being a useful prospect moving forward, particularly whenever JaVale McGee has missed time.

The Lakers came into the season with not much shooting around LeBron James and have apparently finally realised that the LeBron plus shooters formula that Miami and Cleveland used to ride the King to eight straight NBA Finals actually works.

Magic Johnson

After starting his career as a non-shooter, Muscala has actually developed into a useful three-point shooter. He has already taken and made career-high amounts of three-point shots, and expect him to take a lot more as a Laker.

While the Lakers will be disappointed at not being able to push the Davis deal through, Muscala and their other deadline addition, Reggie Bullock, will help solidify the bench unit.

Meanwhile, with the open roster spot, is that Carmelo Anthony's music we hear?

Watch this space.

Mayhem ensued as we reached the NBA Trade Deadline with no less than half the league involved in transactions, but somehow Anthony Davis remained a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Los Angeles Lakers spared no effort in an attempt to pry the six-time All-Star out of New Orleans, but were ultimately rebuffed by Pelicans GM Dell Demps who reportedly ignored Lakers president Magic Johnson's calls over the last week.

While Davis' non-move was the biggest news of the day, several other contenders made significant splashes in their hopes to usurp the Golden State Warriors at the top of the NBA.

Philadelphia 76ers trade Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Johnathan Simmons plus a future-first round and second-round pick

The Sixers finally cut bait on the unfortunate trade they made ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft, by dealing the first overall pick Markelle Fultz.

Philadelphia desperately tried to get the point guard integrated into its team to start the season, but with the acquisition of Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, the Sixers moved into win-now mode.

For Fultz, you hope that a new situation, away from the bright lights and pressure of Philadelphia allows him to get fully healthy and show signs of the player he was in Washington.

Markelle Fultz

Philadelphia also adds Simmons, a rugged perimeter defender, to a team that is suddenly capable of defending any team in the league.

The Sixers moving on from Fultz also confirms Australian star Ben Simmons as the team's unquestioned point guard for the foreseeable future.

Philadelphia was also able to add forward James Ennis from the Houston Rockets in exchange for draft considerations.

Ennis is a 36 percent career three-point shooter and will add further wing depth to the Sixers bench.

Memphis Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round pick

The Gasol-Mike Conley era comes to an end in Memphis with the Spanish veteran moved to Toronto.

Despite his advanced age, Gasol is still an extremely useful piece and is a definite upgrade for the Raptors over Valanciunas.

Gasol has had a disappointing season in some people's eyes but is still averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 53 outings this season.

Marc Gasol

The Spaniard remains one of the most prolific passing big men in the league and his ability to make plays out of the center position should unclog space for Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard.

Valanciunas, who was drafted fifth overall by the Raptors in 2011, had fallen out of favour with the emergence of Paskal Siakam, and will likely be a starter for the Grizzlies alongside talented rookie Jaren Jackson Jr.

For Memphis, the deal is about all you can expect for Gasol, who is no longer quite the player he was a couple of years ago, and Wright is a legitimately good piece to build around moving forward, especially if the Grizzlies part ways with Conley in the summer.

New Orleans Pelicans trade Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and multiple second-round picks

One of those moves that could shape what is turning out to be a power-packed top of the Eastern Conference.

Mirotic brings more shooting to a Bucks squad that is already averaging the second most made three-point shots per game in the league.

The 27-year-old Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from three-point range.

Nikola Mirotic

Put out a lineup of Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mirotic and Brook Lopez, and suddenly the Bucks are cooking with fire.

The current foursome mentioned in the Mirotic plus starters lineup above are already blowing teams out of the water, out scoring opponents by the tune of 10.4 points per 100 possessions over 535 minutes so far this season.

For the Pelicans, with the impending move of Anthony Davis, and yesterday's acquisition of Markieff Morris, Mirotic's days were numbered and they get to take a flyer on Johnson who is a former top-10 pick.

Los Angeles Lakers trade Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Mike Muscala

The big deadline day move for the Lakers ends up being one that is simply to open up a roster spot.

It's certainly a curious decision to say the least to cut bait on Zubac who has shown legitimate signs of being a useful prospect moving forward, particularly whenever JaVale McGee has missed time.

The Lakers came into the season with not much shooting around LeBron James and have apparently finally realised that the LeBron plus shooters formula that Miami and Cleveland used to ride the King to eight straight NBA Finals actually works.

Magic Johnson

After starting his career as a non-shooter, Muscala has actually developed into a useful three-point shooter. He has already taken and made career-high amounts of three-point shots, and expect him to take a lot more as a Laker.

While the Lakers will be disappointed at not being able to push the Davis deal through, Muscala and their other deadline addition, Reggie Bullock, will help solidify the bench unit.

Meanwhile, with the open roster spot, is that Carmelo Anthony's music we hear?

Watch this space.

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