Now that the trading moratorium has been lifted in the league, trades can now be formalized and teams are starting to deal with players and picks to better position themselves for the coming season. Here are the latest trades that have been reported in the league.
Phoenix has positioned themselves as a team that could fight for playoff positioning next season after acquiring Chris Paul from the Thunder in exchange for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome and Jalen Lecque, by Shams Charania of the ‘Athletic. Paul will be reunited with head coach Monty Williams, who coached him in his New Orleans debut. The Veteran Guard will provide the Suns with the leadership they desperately need. With Paul installed as the starting point keeper, it will take some of the offensive load off Devin Booker, who can finally realize his full potential under Paul’s leadership.
For the Thunder, this is the second trade the franchise has performed so far in the offseason, but this time the return of Oubre, Rubio, Jerome and Lecque gives them young pieces for the future.
After being crowned champions in the NBA bubble, the Lakers are already taking steps to ensure they can defend their crown for the 2020-21 season. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Los Angeles is sending Danny Green and the 28th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft for Dennis Schroder. The veteran goalie gives LA another player who can create for himself, which should help bolster the bench when LeBron James and Anthony Davis need a rest. It also strengthens the Lakers’ backcourt if they don’t re-sign Rajon Rondo, who has reportedly opted out of his $ 2.6million player option for next season, making him a free agent without restriction. Schroder’s deal expires after this upcoming season, so it also allows LA to be flexible for 2021.
For the Thunder, Schroder’s trip indicates that this team is in the process of rebuilding as the 2020-21 season approaches. Reclaiming a first-round pick only adds to the pool of draft picks that OKC has racked up over the past two years, and the Thunder can now also send Green to another vying team for another draft pick. or maybe a young hopeful.
The Nets would love the defensive tenacity Brown can bring to their team, while the Pistons will get Musa, who was selected 29th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, Wojnarowski parish. Musa has never found his place in the Nets organization, but will have more opportunities to prove himself with a Detroit team that is in the process of rebuilding itself.