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2021 NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

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What was presumed to be a quiet NBA trade deadline, saw Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo and many others traded on a chaotic and drama-filled deadline day, as we waited tentatively for the next ‘Woj Bomb’.

Some teams were looking towards the future, and some were willing to give up parts of their future in order to contend this season.

But enough speculation, let’s get into the real winners and losers of this year’s NBA trade deadline.

NBA Trade Deadline Winners

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls wasted absolutely no time whatsoever in securing their main man this NBA trade deadline, after sending Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr, and 2 first round picks to Orlando for all-star center Nikola Vucevic.

The Bulls must have been thinking it was their their lucky day by being able to trade for such a high calibre of a player without having to give up Coby White or Lauri Markkanen.

Vucevic is averaging 25/12/4 on 48% from the field and 41% from deep.

The Bulls currently sit 19-24 and in the last play-in spot in the Eastern Conference, and with the addition of Vucevic, could we see them make a deep playoff run this season?

Miami Heat

The Heat left it late on the NBA trade deadline yesterday, after securing 28 year-old, two-time all-star Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets for just Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and a draft swap.

It was very obvious that the Rockets were going to be selling on the cheap, as Oladipo becomes a free agent in the summer and it was highly unlikely that he would want to re-sign with a team who is currently 12-31 and 14th place in the Western Conference.

The Miami Heat had a rough start to the season after starting the season 7-14; however, after big wins against the Jazz and Lakers, the Heat currently see themselves at .500 and the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. Could the addition of Victor Oladipo make the Miami Heat contenders for the ECF this season?

Oladipo is currently averaging 21/5/5 on 41% from the field and 33% from deep, so he will certainly pull his weight in the backcourt with Tyler Herro for the Heat this season and will hopefully take them on a deep playoff run.

NBA Trade Deadline Losers

Orlando Magic

The future may now be promising for the Orlando Magic after gaining major draft capital from the Vucevic, Gordon, and Fournier trade. They will most likely miss out on a play-in spot and be dreadful for the rest of the season and possibly next season also.

After the departure of the Magic’s three best players, they currently have just three players scoring averaging over 10 PPG, one of those players being rookie, Cole Anthony.

Although I’m sure the future is bright for the Magic, the next season or two is certainly going to drag on for Orlando fans after this rebuild on the NBA trade deadline.

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have had the third worst season so far in franchise history, and that mainly comes down to the departure of one man, James Harden, who shocked the NBA world and left the Rockets to team up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn

This wasn’t the end of the misery for the Rockets, they would later go on a 20-game losing streak and to cap it all off, they traded Victor Oladipo for just Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and pick swap.

However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the Rockets. Franchise center, Christian Wood, is back from injury, and they have a lot of draft capital in the coming years. I am sure they will make their way back to the top.


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