It’s been over nine months since there have been any deals done in the NBA, and there will certainly be a lot of deals done over the next 48 hours. Below are reports and analysis of each of the transactions entered into during this off-season trading period.
It’s already a busy offseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
According to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of Athletic, All-Star Guard Chris Paul is on his way to the Valley of the Sun. Paul and Abdel Nader head to Phoenix in exchange for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a future first-round pick.
Paul, 35, is coming off a season in which he averaged 17.6 points, 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 70 games with the Thunder. He joins a rising Suns squad that includes another All-Star in Devin Booker as well as 2018 overall top pick Deandre Ayton.
It’s a win-now decision for Phoenix, who fell just before qualifying for the playoffs after going 8-0 in standings games at the NBA Restart. Paul can reach untapped potential in Booker and Ayton, broken down by NBA.com’s Scott Rafferty here. In addition, CP3 reunites with Monty Williams, with whom he played for a year in New Orleans.
For the Thunder, it’s yet another move with the future in mind.
Oubre will be a free agent after the 2020-21 season while Rubio is under contract until the 2021-22 season. Jérôme and Lecque are entering their second season in the league while OKC now have two first-round picks in the 2022 NBA Draft.
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Thunder: B +
The reigning champions were the first team to go active before the offseason commercial window.
According to reports from Shams Charania de l’Athletic and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have reached a tentative deal to acquire sixth man of the year finalist Dennis Schröder of the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Danny Green and the No. 28 draft pick to come up.
The Thunder will have the No.25 and No.28 picks in Wednesday’s NBA Draft. Between the 2020 Drafts and 2026, OKC racked up 16 first-round picks – with more high-level business assets to acquire more. https://t.co/lwgvqsO9QW
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2020
In accordance with the NBA’s Stepien Rule, which states that a team cannot do without its own first-round pick in two consecutive drafts, the Lakers cannot complete the rally until they have made the selection, because they owe the New Orleans Pelicans a first-round pick in 2021.
Schröder has just completed a year in which he averaged 18.9 points and 4.0 assists in 65 regular season games and owes $ 15.5 million this coming season, which is the last of his contract. NBA.com’s Scott Rafferty explains in detail how Schröder makes the Lakers an even more frightening threat to defend their title.
OKC gets a 33-year-old Green, who, despite some inconsistency in the playoffs, is still one of the best 3 and D players in the league. It’s unclear whether or not green will be part of OKC’s short-term plans; He has a year left on his contract as well, but could be of value to a contender this season.
The centerpiece of the deal is Overall Pick No.28, which is paramount for a Thunder team looking to build for the future as they embark on a new era of basketball around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. , 22 years old, and 21 years old. – Luguentz Dort, one year old.
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Report: Nets acquires Bruce Brown
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Brooklyn Nets have acquired guard Bruce Brown in exchange for former first-round pick Dzanan Musa.
The Nets are sending the 2021 second-round pick via Toronto, the sources say. Musa was the 29th pick overall in the 2018 Draft, a 6-9 versatile forward. Nets like Brown’s defensive ability, perfected in the University of Miami curriculum. https://t.co/TzVM04uMC7
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 16, 2020
Brown, 24, averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 58 games (43 starts) with Detroit last season. A 6-foot-4 combo guard, Brown has shown his ability to be a dedicated defenseman and able playmaker. It’s unclear whether or not this is part of a bigger deal on either side, but the ways Brown can contribute to the Nets are clear.
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Nets: B +
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