BREAKING: Gasol heads North, Fultz to Magic, Mirotic to Bucks

BREAKING: Gasol heads North, Fultz to Magic, Mirotic to Bucks

The February trade deadline has officially passed and a handful of NBA teams strengthened their roster in anticipation for the post-season. It was also a time for non-playoff teams to part with the bigger names on their roster to prepare for the upcoming free-agency as well as draft night in the summer.

After witnessing two blockbuster trades with Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks and Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers, the two Eastern powerhouse gears up on their big names as Nikola Mirotic heads to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors acquired Marc Gasol.

One of the shockers however, was the trade of former number one pick Markelle Fultz to Orlando as the Sixers look to build for the now, acquiring Jonathan Simmons in the process (pun intended).

Nevertheless, the headlines shone on what turned out to be a non-trade. The New Orleans Pelicans chose not to trade Anthony Davis and is preparing to host a battle in June for the all-star, and Boston is primed to shell out their war chest of assets. Kyrie Irving looks destined to join either the Knicks or head to LA and team up once again with Lebron James.

Here are all the trades on deadline day.

  1. Hawks acquire Jabari Bird from Celtics for future considerations
  2. Nets acquire Greg Monroe and second-round pick from Raptors
  3. Magic acquire Markelle Fultz from 76ers for Jonathan Simmons
  4. Clippers acquire Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac from Lakers for Mike Muscala
  5. Trail Blazers acquire Caleb Swanigan from Kings for Skal Labissiere
  6. Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles, 2024 second-round pick
  7. Grizzlies acquire Avery Bradley from Clippers for Garrett Temple, Jamychal Green
  8. Pacers acquire Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin from Rockets for future second-round pick
  9. Bucks acquire Nikola Mirotic from Pelicans for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson, four second-round picks
  10. 76ers acquire James Ennis from Rockets for 2021 second-round pick
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3. The Magic sent forward Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick to the Sixers. Fultz has been sidelined since Nov. 19 after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that affects the nerves between the neck and shoulder. Asked when the Magic expected Fultz to play, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said: “We’re going to do it right, we’re not going to do it fast.”

Simmons was acquired by Magic two seasons ago by the San Antonio Spurs, and during his rookie season he made a significant mark shooting 50% from the field and 38% from deep. He has been playing well below-par this season, just 36% from the field and 22% from threes. The Sixers could use with a back-up shooting guard, as only J.J Redick and Zhaire Smith (injured) are the only two true 3 and D players on the roster. It is the value of the 2020 first-round pick which could potentially turn into a gem.

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6. Marc Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists. The three-time All-Star brings more than just a big-man into the team, he is able to space the floor and shoots 34% from deep. The Spaniard is an upgrade over Valanciunas, and should serve a critical role for the Raptors in the playoffs. Having Gasol on the roster serves as a supreme luxury as he would be the starting center in most teams. Nick Nurse could opt to start both Serge Ibaka and Gasol on the floor to run an old-school post-up or pick-and-roll offense with both Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry apt in dishing out assists.

The loss of Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and CJ Miles might be costly to the Raptors as it drastically reduces their depth. Wright and Valanciunnas are both young players about to enter their prime and the rebuild of Memphis could start there.

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9. Bucks acquires another sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans in a three-team trade and it is starting to look nasty in the East. The Bucks will also send forward Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons and center Jason Smith, along with four future second-round draft picks to the Pelicans. Detroit will send forward Stanley Johnson to New Orleans to complete the trade.

Mirotic, 27, is averaging career-highs in both points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3) per game in 2018-19 while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three in 32 games (22 starts). The Bucks now have nine players shooting more than 35% from deep, including Malcolm Brogdon, DJ Wilson and Tony Snell who are averaging 42%. The addition of Mirotic adds significant firepower to the league leaders, who are looking to establish themselves as favorites to get out of the conference.

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