This year’s trade deadline had all the drama we needed to help us with the transition from football to basketball. There was tampering from owners, tampering from VP’s of basketball operations, tampering from players, and even tampering from head coaches that weren’t involved in any trades.
The Lakers were pretty much the only team getting any headlines the week leading up to the deadline. Magic and LeBron were throwing together just about anyone and everyone trying to trade for Anthony Davis. All for nothing. Gregg Popovich may or may not have had something to do with that (he definitely did).
The Lakers only move that was of any importance was for Center Mike Muscala. So was that enough to win the deadline? Of course not. They still have the deadweight of Lonzo Ball and everyone else not named LeBron James.
What about the Mavericks? They traded DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., and Wesley Matthews for the superstar/unicorn Kristaps Porzingas. Put PorzinGOD on a team with Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic and you almost got a little Axis Powers situation going on. Was it enough to win the deadline though? No. Just like the Axis Powers, they got second place. Porzingas being traded does not make him any less injured and useless until next season.
Philadelphia had a big week though. In a blockbuster 6-player trade with the Clippers, the 76ers managed to add Tobias Harris, Regional Manager Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic. If that doesn’t convince you enough, they were also able to finally get rid of Markelle Fultz and even managed to get something out of it. Two picks (1st and 2nd rounders) and Johnathon Simmons to be specific. The process may finally prove to be trustworthy.
The 76ers won the 2019 Trade Deadline. As a Celtics fan, I am officially starting to worry about winning the East.