Alright, a few more trades (and rumours) have gone through overnight and today! I’ll give you the breakdown of everything that has happened and I will do a full recap of every trade and draft pick tomorrow, at the conclusion of the draft.
Just a quick edit on a trade I wrote about yesterday. OKC traded Chris Paul AND Abdel Nader to Phoenix in exchange for Rubio, Oubre, Jerome, Lecque and a first rounder in 2022. Initially I thought it was just Chris Paul. So it was a 2 for 5, not a 1 for 5. Much better (he says sarcastically).
The Detroit Pistons have traded Bruce Brown to the Brooklyn Nets, for Dzanan Musa, cash and a 2021 second round pick. It’s a bit of a lateral move for both teams, but as long as they are happy.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been making some very big moves! They have recently acquired Bogdan Bogdanovic and Jrue Holiday. They have given up a lot to get those players though.
First, the Bucks sent Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, 3 future first round picks and 2 future pick swaps to New Orleans and in exchange received Jrue Holiday.
In their next move, they sent Donte DiVencenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson to Sacramento and in return they got Bogdan Bogdanovic and Justin James. I like this trade a lot better and for both teams.
The first trade really annoys me! This is what I was talking about yesterday. Once the precedent is set (in regards to overpaying for a player) everyone expects it. Yes, Holiday is good and a definite upgrade from Bledsoe. Milwaukee needed to make some moves, to run it all back again would be insane. But man, did they overpay for Holiday or what? Yes, they have a pretty decent starting 5 now, but that’s all they have. They only have half a team and not much money to play with.
The Houston Rockets have traded Robert Covington to Portland and in exchange have brought back Trevor Ariza, the 16th pick in tomorrow’s draft and a 2021 protected first round pick.
Whilst we are on the topic of Houston, it seems as good a time as any to bring up the rumours that have been circulating. Word has started to circulate that Westbrook only asked to be traded because he didn’t want to play alongside of Harden anymore. The big news is that Harden has turned down a 2 year extension that was offered to him by the Rockets. This isn’t the end of the world, he is still under contract until the 2023 season, but he did turn down a fair bit of money.
The rumours getting around are that Harden wants out and Houston are happy to oblige. I imagine if this is true, Houston will embrace the rebuild and try and move on from both Westbrook and Harden. The rebuild makes sense and given they just traded Covington for a draft pick, there might be some truth to the rumours.
Harden apparently would like to go to Brooklyn and form a super team with Durant and Irving. He does have a playing history with Durant and the two are reportedly still good friends. Also, D’Antoni has made his way from Houston to Brooklyn as well. It makes sense in theory. It would cost the Nets a lot though.
There are a lot of other rumours spreading around currently, which is usually the way it goes this time of the year. Nothing seems to be picking up any traction, but if you are interested, here are some of the things I have heard. Full disclaimer, I’m not buying into much of it, but it’s a bit of a laugh. Who knows what will happen though?
Ben Simmons and Westbrook being traded for one another.
Russell Westbrook going to New York.
Russell Westbrook going to Chicago. I have also heard the James Harden is going to Chicago. Reuniting the duo that worked so well in Houston! Could you imagine?
Apparently Minnesota and Golden State are interested in trading down in the draft. I’ve heard that Chicago is interested in trading up to get the number 1 pick.
I’ve heard a lot. I don’t like rumours unless they are willing to name a source though.
Alright, that’s it for now. I’m going to get out of here. I’ll see you all tomorrow and we will go over the draft and any more trades!