Three Best NBA Trade Deadline Deals

Maxwell Timmer, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

On February 7 the NBA trade deadline was a period for teams to either continue their rebuilding phase or make one last push for a playoff run. As teams got more desperate, trades were continuously happening. While the trade deadline was extremely active and with many teams making trades, these three trades stood out. Here are the three best trade deadline deals:



  •   Knicks trading Kristap Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey


Burke to the Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first-round picks.


This trade was the biggest trade to occur this year because it benefits both teams. It give the New York Knicks the ability to clear salary for two max contracts in the offseason and it gives the Mavericks the duo of Kristap Porzingis and Luka Donic. This benefits both the rebuilding Knicks and the improving Mavericks


  1. Bucks trade Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and two second round picks to the Pelicans for Nikola Mirotic.


This trade was as lopsided as they get. The Milwaukee Bucks add a sharpshooting 6’10’’ power forward in exchange for 2 bench players that were not receiving playing time. This will help cement their lead in the Eastern Conference and be beneficial come playoff time. This was a big time move for second-year gm Jon Horst.


  1. 76ers trade Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, 2020 first-round pick, 2021 first-round pick (via Miami), 2021 second-round pick, and 2023 second-round pick to the Clippers for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott


The 76ers went all in to receive Tobias Harris, the 6’9’’ small forward shooter. With 76ers being 5th in the Eastern conference, the push for the East was necessary to be a contender in the playoffs. Clippers will now go full rebuild by trading for draft picks to prepare for the future.