The most important thing about the closure of the NBA transfer market is what didn’t happen. Anthony Davis, who asked to be transferred a few weeks ago, will still playing for the New Orleans Pelicans for some more time.
The non-transfer of Davis isn’t due to lack of interest from other teams. Los Angeles Lakers offered almost all their roster and draft rounds for “the brow”, but the Pelicans decided that it wasn’t the proper time, and they expect to get better offers when market reopens at the end of the season. Towards that direction moved the Clippers and the Knicks. Both franchises decided to get rid of many assets to create the necessary space to go for Davis and some other “big fish” on the next market opening.
The Clippers removed Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott, Avery Bradley and Marcin Gortat (this last one waived). In exchange, they received many free agents, young players with projection such as Ivica Zubac and Landry Shamet, together with many draft rounds. With this movements they show their clear intentions of not competing in the immediate, but to develop talent and hit the next market.
On the Knicks side the play was similar, although the stake was higher considering the transfer of the Latvian “unicorn” Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. The transfer also included Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee, who abandoned the “big apple” to make space for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two first-round draft picks.
The last great Davis’ pretenders were the Boston Celtics. Given the impossibility to get Davis without losing Irving during this market, they promised the Pelicans a killing mega-offer if they decided to wait for them. Danny Ainge keeps up his hopes even though Davis’ father stated that he wouldn’t like his son to arrive to the franchise of the clover.
The Philadelphia 76ers moved under the radar, taking advantage from all the lights set on Davis and his future, and managed to make many transfers that put them as the great winners of the market. The 76ers acquired Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott, Malachi Richardson, Jonathon Simmons and James Ennis.
Another team from the Eastern Conference that got reinforced greatly were the Toronto Raptors. Marc Gasol lands in Canada in exchange of Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles (who arrive at Memphis Grizzlies) and a second-round draft pick.
The top pick of 2017 Draft, Markelle Fultz, will have the chance to relaunch his career playing for the Orlando Magic, a team with no big pressures but with the need of a high-category PG.
The weirdest situation throughout this transfer period was the struggle for Harrison Barnes. The PF got to know about his transfer while he was playing with the Mavericks against the Hornets. Even LeBron James talked about the situation on his social networks, criticizing the treatment received by the players. Barnes goes to Sacramento Kings in exchange of Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.
In short, the market closed after 8 days of many rumors and 57 players that changed teams (Nick Staukas and Wade Baldwin changed teams 4 times). Now it’s time for free agents to find the way into a team, to face the final stretch towards the NBA playoffs. I love this game.
All the transfers:
Markelle Fultz to Orlando
Orlando receives: Markelle Fultz.
Philadelphia receives: Jonathon Simmons, a protected first-round pick from Cleveland, and a second-round from Cleveland.
Greg Monroe to Brooklyn
Brooklyn receives: Greg Monroe and a second-round draft pick.
Toronto receives: money.
Jabari Bird to Atlanta
Atlanta receives: Jabari Bird.
Boston receives: money.
Shelvin Mack to Atlanta
Atlanta receives: Shelvin Mack.
Memphis receives: Tyler Dorsey.
Mike Muscala to L.A. Lakers
L.A. Lakers receives: Mike Muscala.
L.A. Clippers receives: Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley.
Skal Labissiere to Portland
Portland receives: Skal Labissiere.
Sacramento receives: Caleb Swanigan.
Marc Gasol to Toronto
Toronto receives: Marc Gasol.
Memphis receives: Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a second-round pick of 2024.
Avery Bradley to Memphis
Memphis receives: Avery Bradley.
L.A. Clippers receives: JaMychal Green and Garret Temple.
Nik Stauskas to Indiana
Indiana receives: Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin.
Houston receives: money.
Nikola Mirotic to Milwaukee
Milwaukee receives: Nikola Mirotic.
New Orleans receives: Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round picks of 2019, 2020 (2) and 2021.
James Ennis to Philadelphia
Philadelphia receives: James Ennis.
Houston receives: right to trade the second-round picks of 2021.
Harrison Barnes to Sacramento
Sacramento receives: Harrison Barnes.
Dallas receives: Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.
Markieff Morris to New Orleans
New Orleans receives: Markieff Morris and a second-round pick of 2023.
Washington receives: Wesley Johnson.
Iman Shumpert to Houston
Houston receives: Iman Shumpert, Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and a second-round pick of 2021.
Sacramento receives: Alec Burks and a second-round draft pick of 2020.
Cleveland receives: Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss, a protected first-round and a second-round pick of 2019.
Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago
Chicago receives: Otto Porter Jr.
Washington receives: Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker and a second-round pick of 2023.
Tyler Johnson to Phoenix
Phoenix receives: Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington.
Miami receives: Ryan Anderson.
Malachi Richardson to Philadelphia
Philadelphia receives: Malachi Richardson, a second-round pick of 2022 and the rights over Emir Preldzic.
Toronto receives: money.
Thon Maker to Detroit
Detroit receives: Thon Maker.
Milwaukee receives: Stanley Johnson.
Tobias Harris to Philadelphia
Philadelphia receives: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott.
L.A. Clippers receives: Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a protected first-round pick of 2020, first-round pick of 2021 and two second-round picks of 2021 and 2023.
Reggie Bullock to L.A. Lakers
L.A. Lakers receives: Reggie Bullock.
Detroit receives: Svi Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick.
Rodney Hood to Portland
Portland receives: Rodney Hood.
Cleveland receives: Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and two second-round picks of 2021 and 2023.
Luwawu-Cabarrot to Chicago
Chicago receives: Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot and money.
Oklahoma City receives: protected second-round pick of 2020.
Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas Mavericks
Dallas receives: Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee.
New York receives: Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two first-round picks.
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Translation by: Julián Luppi