As the NBA trade deadline has passed, things have now taken their final chapters for this trading season, there have been a lot of trades happening and some which needed to happen but didn’t. there were disappointments and they were immense joy after things went their way, the last stretch to the deadline day was electric, big names being traded, shocking moves taking place. So we have come up with the winners and losers of the 2022 NBA trade.
James Harden has been behind wanting to be traded out to the Philadelphia 76ers, much to his favor, he is now a Philadelphia player. He has had a whole lot of mess when he left the Houston Rockets, this time things went rather smoothly for him. He has been in a total chaotic team with the Brooklyn Nets who are having their fair share of hardship, with Kevin Durant injured and out and Kyrie Irving playing as a part-time player, hampering his hopes for an NBA title. Coming to Philadelphia he will be joining Joel Embiid, where he has turned this season around and hit form of late, with the stable condition in the team, it is an easy win for the Beard.
The defending champions have been without their most relied man Brook Lopez has been injured and has not played any game for most of the year, his reliance is deeply being missed, if things don’t get better soon, the Bucks will be in dire need to strengthen their defensive side. The Bucks however have pulled Serge Ibaka in a deadline move, which will address the entire issue in defense, with other teams going to build their chemistry, the Bucks are ready to roll with their effective trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday.
It may look like they might be on the losing side of things in the trade deadline, however, it is not. With James Harden traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, they have got defensive replacements to their side in form of Andre Drummond and Ben Simmons, they have even cleared out players such as Paul Millsap and DeAndre Bembry who were not being put to good use. They have got Seth Curry who is one of the best 3-point shooters right now in the NBA, on top of that the Nets have got 2 first-round picks.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are continuing to go down the hill, as the season progresses, Russell Westbrook who was brought in has been a flop so far, LeBron James believes that this roster is not at the championship level. The trade deadline has passed, and no trades were made by the Lakers, so the roster is going to remain the same unless there are additions made in the buyout market. The Lakers scapegoat of late has been stuck with them, yes Russell Westbrook has gone nowhere this trade, due to the addition of their first-round pick being placed in the trade, much likely the Lakers had to pull out of many deals.
Philadelphia 76ers may have brought in James Harden, that is a huge win, but the question is, at what cost? Philadelphia 76ers have traded out good defensive players in the form of Andre Drummond, Seth Curry, and Ben Simmons. No doubt that Ben Simmons needed to be cut loose but sending Drummond and Curry the other way has made people think twice.
On top of that, they have given 2 first-round picks to the Nets. It is understandable to put the peak of Joel Embiid to good use by bringing in Harden and challenge for the Title but sending out one of the best three-point shooters has got to be a dumb move from them. They are trying to salvage the most, but this is situation might cost them a fortune in the future.
The Brooklyn Nets were heavy favorites to win the NBA title at the start of the season, with James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving, they looked to be destined to win it. Things, however, didn’t go to plan for them, with the Pandemic hitting and the need for mandatory Vaccination to play home games and the unfortunate injury to Kevin Durant has made things from bad to worse for the Nets.
Kyrie’s vaccination status might indeed be the cause for Harden leaving the team, as he had to be the guy whenever the Nets played, thinking that he is joining a super team, we are sure that he doesn’t blame Kevin Durant for his injury, therefore maybe Kyrie staying in his world of being smarter than everyone might have costed him a lot in terms of winning another championship.