With another lackluster All-Star weekend officially in the books and the trade deadline passed, we are now officially in the second half of the NBA season. This means that every franchise is now in the thick of the final stretch of the season and are coming to grips with the harsh reality of whether they are playing for the postseason or draft position. The obvious headlining trade was DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins and Omri Casspi being sent to New Orleans for Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and draft picks. However, other than that there weren’t any other blockbuster trades what would cause waves throughout the league.
Houston, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Washington, Atlanta, Phoenix, Toronto, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas all got involved with the trade deadline frenzy after the All-Star break. The biggest names moved among these teams were Nerlens Noel and Lou Williams. Two decent players who could be key role players for most squads; however they’re not exactly making a team an immediate contender. This leads to the point that ultimately this year’s trade deadline (like most years) will have no impact on who will hoist the O’Brien trophy at the end of the year. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are still the best teams in their respective conferences, with San Antonio having an outside chance to shake things up.
The speculation and constant social media updates have turned the trade deadline into a spectacle within itself that was far more entertaining than the All-Star weekend that preceded it. Even though the end result was less than impressive, this trade deadline still may have out reaching effects on the league that span further than just this season. Several teams decided to keep their rosters intact, hoping to make a potential better play this offseason. The biggest names rumored to be moved by the trade deadline such as Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Blake Griffin all stayed put. Other teams gathered assets that could potentially be turned into packages for key offseason acquisitions or valuable young talent from drafting.
This proves that more often than not rarely anything significant happens during the trade deadline most years. The Cousins trade was a rare one-sided deal that put the Pelicans on the right track; however they still have a long way to go to be contenders in the competitive Western conference. The trade deadline overall has become an exciting time for fans and league sources alike, unfortunately the payoff is never as great as the speculation and build up. That’s why its best to enjoy the hoopla and let your imagination run wild; just don’t put too much faith in everything you read especially if your team is one of the rumored franchises to make a huge splash.