No matter what becomes of the rest of the NBA’s trade deadline, we should already be declaring the wheeling, dealing period a success. Not only have we seen Orlando deal away a big rotation piece like Serge Ibaka, but we got a ground-shifting blockbuster when the Kings gave — er, traded — away DeMarcus Cousins to cap All-Star weekend.
Minor deals on Tuesday and Wednesday (Bojan Bogdanovic to Washington, Ersan Ilyasova to Atlanta, Lou Williams to the Rockets) have filled in some gaps on playoff teams, but there’s still a chance teams could further electrify this deadline period with big-time deals on Thursday. Heck, even Paul George leaving Indiana is a possibility.
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And there’s more. Among star players and role-fillers, there are still some potentially important deals coming. Here are eight names to watch as the deadline steamrolls ahead:
Player movement is not going to be as easy as it used to be, Johnson said. Players today, whether they’re coming to us or any other team, have got to buy into that vision and have got to say, ‘Look, I can see it. This organization is about winning.’ We’ve always been about winning. And you’ve got the right coach, you’ve got the right management team, you’ve got the right ownership, and so we’re looking forward to going out and pitching to free agents.
Dennis Seidenberg Game Jersey When they did venture into the free-agent market last summer, they acted like a small-market team in a panic, adding Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov for a combined $136 million over four years. Those contracts had buyer’s remorse written all over them.