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NBA Week 13: Midseason Trades

by sam.h

The Trade Deadline for NBA 2020 – 2021 Season was set on 25th of March, teams begins to make their move

One final move to push their city further into contention before the playoffs arrives, or to set up their city for future contention and pave the city’s future – which one will it be?

Toronto Raptors keeps Kyle Lowry, bids farewell to Norman Powell

Toronto’s GM Masai Ujiri has never been known for being a coward when it comes to making bold trades. In one of the most shocking trades ever in 2018, Demar Derozan, the city’s crowned superstar was traded for Kawhi Leonard. With another acquisition in Marc Gasol, Toronto came out with their very first NBA championship in their city’s 24 years history.

There had been many talks of the raptors shipping around the 35 year-old championship veteran Kyle Lowry, with Philadelphia and Miami emerging as the most likely buyers. However, it seems that negotiation has fallen short, and Toronto will ultimately keep Kyle Lowry along with the bird rights to Kyle Lowry for free agency at the end of his contract.

As they are unable to keep both Powell and Lowry, Powell was traded to Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the piping hot Gary Trent Jr. the trade seem to have worked out well for both teams and both players have gelled well in their new teams.

Denver Nuggets Takes Another Push for Championship Contention

The Denver Nuggets has traded veteran shooting guard Gary Harris, rookie R.J. Hampton, and their protected 2025 first-round pick went to the Magic. In exchange, they received Javale McGee and Aaron Gordon.

It did not take long before Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon to connect for their first dunk on the court. In fact – this trio of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray (Also dubbed ‘Maple Jordon’ by fans), and Aaron Gordon almost seem like a match made in heaven.

Gordon was selected by the Magic with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft. Since Gordon was selected before the 2014-15 season, the Magic have gone a combined 203-322, qualifying for the playoffs just twice and getting knocked out in the first round each time. Gordon is averaging 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season.

Gordon’s aggression at cutting inside when the three-ball isn’t falling for the Denver Nuggets and his defensive consistency was the final piece needed to complete the Denver championship contention puzzle. Paired with Jokic’s supreme playmaking at center position, now with a reliable fallback in Javale McGee, the Nuggets is a true force to be reckoned with. The revamped Denver Nuggets have gone on a 3-game win streak since.

Pacers Finally Let Go of Long-time Star Victor Oladipo

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday that Victor Oladipo is expected to make his debut with the team Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Even with the Heat on the road since acquiring Oladipo from the Houston Rockets at last Thursday’s NBA trading deadline for Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley, Spoelstra said there has been constant contact.

However, Miami has not been doing well despite making it to the finals in the NBA bubble last year. The task to replace center Mitchell Robinson has been largely unsuccessful, the team is currently too loaded on the guard position and do not have enough personnel in the front-court


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