Well, February 7th came and went, and we saw a few teams make some big trades… but none of them involved Anthony Davis. His agent confirmed he wasn’t moving before the trade deadline and that means if the Pelicans are going to deal him, it’ll have to wait until the offseason. However, there was quite a bit of movement otherwise in the NBA and there might even be a little fall-out because of it. Here are the biggest NBA trades that happened at the 2019 deadline this season… and their implications! Get your cheap NBA tickets with Razorgator and go see these teams play!

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Markelle Fultz from the 76ers to the Magic

The Philadelphia 76ers sent point guard Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic. In return, the 76ers received shooting guard Jonathan Simmons and two first-round draft picks for 2020, plus a future second-round pick. The Sixers said goodbye to Fultz, their number one overall draft pick back in 2017, after some serious shooting struggles, shoulder troubles, and just 33 games. They sent the young player on his way (and with him a lot of the drama) and then began to accumulate even more stars…

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The 76ers Load Up Their Roster

Meanwhile, the Sixers were wheelin’ and dealin’ all over they place. Philly is getting All Star Tobias Harris along with Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, two first-round picks, and two second-round picks. The Sixers also acquired James Ennis from the Houston Rockets in exchange for a swap of second-round picks in 2021 (a salary dump for the Rockets, basically). Philly is already strong this year, and this type of bargaining confirms that the Sixers are serious about making the Finals this year.

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Raptors Get Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies, who are getting rid of everybody…

Another team that’s not joking about going all the way this year, this was a big move by the Raptors. In exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles, and a 2024 second-round pick, they got Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies to add to their already strong roster. (Word has it that the Hornets were chasing Gasol too.) The Raptors are now absolutely loaded with this 7’1” center, a former All Star who makes them deep at every position and ready for a playoff run! The Raptors are clearly trying to make waves and do whatever it takes to keep Kawhi Leonard around…

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The Raptors also unloaded center Greg Monroe to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for a second-round pick. Monroe has been averaging career lows in minutes and basically every other important stat this season. The Grizzlies held onto point guard Mike Conley, despite rumors they were shopping him around and dealing basically every other veteran on the team. Apparently, they wanted multiple first-round picks for him and (if it matters) Conley didn’t want to go to Utah – even though the Jazz were verrry interested in him. Memphis also sent off Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green in exchange for Avery Bradley from the LA Clippers.

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Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans to the Bucks

As predicted, the Milwaukee Bucks picked up Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans. It took a three-team deal to get it done. In return, the Pelicans will receive the Bucks’ Jason Smith, the Detroit Pistons’ Stanley Johnson, and four second-round picks. The Bucks will be sending center Thon Maker over to the Pistons to make all this work. This deal confirms the fact that the Pelicans might be looking to rebuild and revamp the whole team with the loss of Anthony Davis looming. Despite injuries this season, Mirotic is a great three-point shooter and the Bucks already have the best record in the league. This move shows that Milwaukee is just as serious as Toronto about making a play for the title. The East is getting exciting!

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The Dallas Mavericks Unload

The Mavs sent Dennis Smith, Jr, DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and two future first-round picks to the New York Knicks in exchange for Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr, Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke. They also traded Harrison Barnes (in the middle of a game!) to the Sacramento Kings to get Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph. Now they have some free money to look for free agents in the offseason. And Luka Doncic and Porzingis could be great together…

The Kings also got rid of Iman Shumpert, sending him to the Houston Rockets, and receiving Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Kings are young but they could make the playoffs and these moves could help with that!

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If they didn’t get Anthony Davis, what did the Lakers do?

Well, they were devastated but they didn’t sit still, that’s for sure! They sent off rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk and a future second-round draft pick to get Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons. Bullock is a solid three-point shooter who should fill that (drastic) need in LA well. The Lakers also got Mike Muscala from the Los Angeles Clippers (who literally just got him from the 76ers) in exchange for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac. And of course, there was some drama in LA…

So what happened with Anthony Davis? Apparently, the Lakers threw everything they had at the Pelicans. Reportedly, they offered up Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, and two first-round draft picks, but the Pelicans weren’t having it. Meanwhile, during the Lakers-Pacers game this week, Ingram and the other young players were met with taunts of “Lebron’s gonna trade you” by Pacers fans. The Lakers lost by 42. There’s clearly a rift between the young roster, who thinks they could be traded at any moment, and Lebron/management… and if they can’t get it together, they might miss the playoffs!

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Who got the best deal? Did the Pelicans sabotage the Lakers on purpose?