Ranking every Woj Bomb from the 2019 NBA trade deadline

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first_imgMORE: Takeaways from the 2019 NBA trade deadlineSo let’s scroll through Woj’s Twitter page and see which deals were the best — but with some ground rules:Only deals from ThursdayOnly deals reported by WojRated on a scale of 💣 to 💣💣💣💣💣Kings trade Skal Labissiere to Trail Blazers💣The Kings have traded Skal Labissiere to the Blazers for Caleb Swanigan, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019Labissiere is averaging 2.8 points per game, and Swanigan is averaging 1.9 points per game. In the heat of the NBA trade deadline, this announcement didn’t even feel like it was worthy of a tweet. Good luck to both of these guys in their new homes, but this is more of a Woj Sparkler.Grizzlies trade Shelvin Mack to Hawks💣The Grizzlies have traded guard Shelvin Mack to the Hawks, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019The only slightly interesting thing about this deal is that Mack has already played for the Hawks (2013-16). Also, the Hawks traded for Sheldon Mac a year ago at the trade deadline, and his name sounds really similar to Shelvin Mack … so that’s something.Rockets trade Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin to Pacers💣💣Houston is trading Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Pacers, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019So this trade has a very minimal impact on the league as a whole. Woj followed this tweet up by announcing that the Pacers aren’t even going to keep these players. But the reason this gets a two-bomb rating is because of the backstory.Stauskas and Baldwin have each been traded as a pair three times this week, and now they’re both going to be free agents. What an insanely wild ride for this duo.Just look at this timeline:Feb. 3: Blazers trade Stauskas/Baldwin to CavsFeb. 6: Cavs trade Stauskas/Baldwin to RocketsFeb. 7: Rockets trade Stauskas/Baldwin to PacersFeb. 7: Pacers to waive Stauskas/BaldwinFour teams in one week, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them sign with a fifth at some point in the near future.Grizzlies trade Garrett Temple, JaMychal Green to Clippers💣💣💣Memphis has traded Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green to the Clippers for Avery Bradley, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019The Clippers move Avery Bradley and open up an additional $2 million in cap space for next season while picking up two solid players for this season. It’s not going to shift the power structure of the Western Conference, but it’s a good trade that helps both teams.Clippers trade Mike Muscala to Lakers💣💣💣The Clippers are trading Mike Muscala to the Lakers for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019Mike Muscala is no Anthony Davis, but at least the Lakers got involved in the trade deadline. This one gets a high bomb rating not so much because of the players involved, but because anything involving the Lakers gets NBA Twitter excited.Plus, this two-for-one deal opens up a roster spot for Los Angeles, which likely means … MELO TO L.A.While that isn’t official, Woj is reporting Carmelo Anthony is “expected to be among the considerations” for that final roster spot. He’s been rumored to go there for weeks, and at this point, I’m going to be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.Pelicans trade Nikola Mirotic to Bucks💣💣💣💣Sources with Zach Lowe: Nikola Mirotic to Milwaukee.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019The final trade ended up being: Pelicans send Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks in exchange for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round picks. The trade also involved the Pistons, who agreed to send Johnson to the Bucks for Thon Maker on Wednesday.And yes, you read that right: four second-round draft picks. Also, Mirotic should really help out Milwaukee.The Bucks shooting heat map vs. Mirotic’s heat map: a seamless fit. pic.twitter.com/XNgHjZdzBT— Seerat Sohi (@seeratsohi) February 7, 2019Solid Woj Bomb.Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to Raptors💣💣💣💣Toronto is nearing an agreement to land Marc Gasol, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019The final trade ended up being: Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to the Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round draft pick.While Memphis didn’t give up Mike Conley like some thought, it did part ways with Gasol, who is the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals. It’s a bittersweet exit, but he’ll be joining a strong Raptors team that needed to make a move to keep up with the 76ers and Bucks (who also made big trade deadline deals).Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists (career high) and should help Toronto in its playoff run.76ers trade Markelle Fultz to Magic💣💣💣💣💣Orlando is trading for Markelle Fultz, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019This tweet got the most engagement from Woj on Thursday even though it was the latest one, which is why it gets our 5/5 ranking.Fultz was the first overall pick from the 2017 NBA Draft and has had a very bizarre career with Philadelphia. And after the Sixers traded for Tobias Harris earlier in the week, it only made sense that they’d move on from Fultz. Forget all of the deals made at the NBA trade deadline. The true winner Thursday was ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported pretty much every trade first. His main competitor, Shams Charania, only tweeted six times Thursday and beat Woj to just one trade scoop — James Ennis to the the 76ers.And while there were some really interesting deals made before the deadline, very few (if any) were franchise-changing moves. Philly got a decent haul for Fultz, considering his history. The final trade ended up being Fultz for Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick (via the Thunder) and a second-round pick. Getting back a first is huge, even if it will likely be a non-lottery pick.The trade even made history, according to Elias Sports: “Among players to debut with the team that drafted them, Markelle Fultz’s 33 games with the 76ers are the fewest by a No. 1 pick before changing teams in the Common Draft Era — since 1966.”Fultz now gets a new scene to try and live up to his initial hype once he recovers from his injury.last_img

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