Most improved teams after trade deadline!
Rockets – Add Lou Williams, making there roster one of the most deadly in the league. They have 5 of the top 25 3 point shooters in the league, Harden, Gordon, Anderson, Ariza and now Williams. They have opened up cap space to make a play and add some defense and make a play at Bogut. They have the scoring threat to compete with the Warriors!
Toronto – For mine they can truly compete with Cleveland! They add Ibaka who was outstanding in the playoffs for OKC last year as well as adding another solid defender in P J Tucker. They meet the Cavs on April 5th, who pending injuries and there last roster spot aren’t the lock they were a year ago!
Pelicans – Twin Towers, enough said! Cousins is a huge plus for the franchise. They will make the playoffs, how deep can they go and how will they play together is yet to be seen
Big If – Cleveland – Deron Williams “possibly” receiving a buyout from the Mavs. Dallas is preparing to hand point guard reins to rookie Yogi Ferrell. This would be a huge play for the Cavs, if they could land Lebrons “missing playmaker”.
– Pelicans receive DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick (top-three protected) and a 2017 second-round pick
– Raptors receive Serge Ibaka for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick
– Rockets receive Lou Williams for Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick
– Mavericks receive Nerlens Noel for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a 2017 first-round pick (top-18 protected)
– Wizards receive Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCollough for Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick (lottery protected)
– Hawks receive Ersan Ilyasova for Tiago Splitter, a 2017 second-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick swap
– Nets receive K.J. McDaniels
– Nuggets receive Roy Hibbert for a second-round pick
– Thunder receive Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round pick for Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne.
– Lakers receive Tyler Ennis for Marcelo Huertas
– Suns receive Mike Scott for cash
– Raptors receive P.J. Tucker for Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks
Golden State Warriors
San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder