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2024 NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

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The final buzzer has again sounded on the NBA trade deadline.

This year was a little quite in comparison to recent deadlines, where we saw names like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden dealt.

However, this does not render this deadline insignificant. In fact, a number of teams made some deals that could very well move the needle for them. And others? Well, not so much.

Winners

New York Knicks

In: Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks, Precious Achiuwa

Out: Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, Ryan Arcidiacono, 2024 Second-Round Pick (via Pistons)

The New York Knicks undoubtedly walked away from the deadline elated with their progress, as they lifted themselves from a playoff team into a team with legitimate championship aspirations.

While it was the right decision to give up that depth, they made no mistake in realizing it’s value, immediately acquiring two elite role players in Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Burks adds the offensive firepower and microwave ability off the bench that they were so lacking since dealing Quickley. In Bogdanovic, they add to their dreamy crop of 3-and-D forwards. Between him, Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo, they are beyond stocked up on the most valuable commodity it the league.

And to add just another element to the masterclass in roster management that was, they did all of this without trading a single first-round pick from their hefty collection.

Their earlier-season acquisition of O.G. Anunoby has proven genius, with Anunoby returning to the elite version of himself we haven’t seen over the last 12 months. He has opened his career in New York with a 12-2 record, before succumbing to an injury. The primary loss for the Knicks in the Anunoby trade was undoubtedly the loss of the depth they were so known for. They had eight-to-ten guys who could drop 20 on any given night. They gave up two of their better role players in Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett.

We haven’t seen a team win a championship without an undisputed top-ten player since the Pistons in 2004, but with the quality this team has been built with, they could go all the way.

And if they don’t? Well, they are just as equipped as anyone to trade for that top-ten guy in the offseason, with eight tradeable first-round picks including three in 2024, to pair with eleven second-round picks.

The Knicks may have, shockingly, become the most well-managed team in the NBA.

Dallas Mavericks

In: P.J. Washington, Daniel Gafford, 2024 Second-Round Pick (via Celtics, Unprotected), 2028 Second-Round Pick (via Hornets, Unprotected)

Out: Grant Williams, Richaun Holmes, Seth Curry, 2027 First-Round Pick (via Mavs, top-two protected)

The Mavs took a massive win overall. They received everything they wanted from Grant Williams, and more, in P.J. Washington. They also added significant center depth in Daniel Gafford. The Wizards have been BAD this year, but that is not at all a reflection on Gafford. He brings everything to the floor you want from a big with Luka Doncic as your franchise guy.

The acquisition of P.J. Washington is a great one. He is the point-of attack defender you need with Luka and Kyrie Irving on your team. Washington has shown in previous years the ability to guard anyone two through five.

He adds even more three-point shooting to an elite shooting team. Remember when Doncic went off for 73 points versus the Hawks? It was because they were unable to double him, as every single person on the floor with him could shoot, therefore stretching the floor and allowing Doncic to take advantage of his one-on-one matchup.

Charlotte Hornets

In: Tre Mann, Grant Williams, Vasiliji Micic, Seth Curry, Davis Bertans, 2027 First-Round Pick (via Heat, Lottery Protected), 2027 First-Round Pick (via Mavericks, top-two protected), 2024 Second-Round Pick (via Rockets, unprotected), 2025 Second-Round Pick (via 76ers, unprotected)

Out: Terry Rozier, P.J Washington, Gordon Hayward, James Bouknight, Frank Ntilikina, Ish Smith 2024 Second-Round Pick (via Celtics, unprotected), 2028 Second-Round Pick (via LAC, unprotected)

The Hornets finally made a real move. Over the last few years, Mitch Kupchak and the Hornets’ front office have made a name for themselves for being a reactive, rather than a proactive group. But this year, the new owners took things into their own hands, and were reportedly a massive part of the trades.

The ability to get a proven young player, two elite vets and multiple second-round picks for an expiring Hayward was elite. It was a better haul than any of us expected.

Mann adds fantastic playmaking and shot-creation as a secondary ball-handler. Micic is the two-way floor raising backup point guard Hornets fans have been praying on. They even added an elite shooter on a non-guaranteed deal in Davis Bertans.

The Hornets were reportedly interested in Grant Williams over the summer, but the elected to use their money to re-sign P.J. Washington instead. Now, they receive Williams, a hometown hero in Seth Curry AND a lightly-protected first round pick in exchange for him.

And while the loss of fan-favorite Terry Rozier hurt, it was the right deal, and the Hornets have not only retained a valuable first-round pick in return, but cleared the way for young guys like Nick Smith Jr. and Tre Mann to develop.

Toronto Raptors

In: Ochai Agbaji, Kelly Olynyk, 2024 First-Round Pick (via Indiana, Top 4 Protected), 2027 First-Round Pick (via Indiana, Top 4 Protected), 2024 Second-Round Pick (via Detroit), 2024 Second-Round Pick (Best of Bulls/Pelicans, Unprotected)

Out: Dennis Schroder, Malachi Flynn, Precious Achiuwa, Otto Porter Jr., Thaddeus Young

For the Raptors, they made most of their noise well before the deadline. It was apparent they NEEDED to move on from the core of OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam, but they clearly did it one year late. They would likely have gotten significantly more value for Siakam and Anunoby with an extra year, as well as the fact they could have gotten something for Fred VanVleet.

But they held on too long, and considering that, it was a fantastic haul for the Raptors.

The front office got an elite combination of proven young talent in Immanuel Quickley, RJ Barrett and Ochai Agbaji, along with two potentially-valuable first-round picks and two high second-round picks.

They also cleared significant long-term money in acquiring expiring deals in Spencer Dinwiddie (later waived) and Kelly Olynyk.

Losers

Chicago Bulls

In: N/A

Out: N/A

Once again, the Bulls’ front office has accepted mediocrity. The fact remains that their ‘big three’ doesn’t work, even when they are on the court together. Another deadline has passed without the Bulls being involved in a single deal.

Their ineptitude when it comes to winning is shocking. The emergence of Coby White has given the city of Chicago a glimmer of what could be. And yet, the front office refuses to make the most of it.

Alex Caruso‘s value was at an all-time high, with him shooting over 40% from three and being an undeniable all-defense candidate, all for $8 million a year.

Next year, not only would his value drop as an expiring deal, but his numbers very well could too. This was the undeniable time to capitalize on his value, and once again the Bulls rested on their laurels and bet on a team that may not even make the Play-In Tournament.

They also could have — and should have — moved DeMar DeRozan, who appears likely to leave in the offseason after contract talks have broken down. He would undoubtedly have value to a contending team as an elite secondary or tertiary option who would clear significant cap space for the offseason.

They will likely lose him for nothing now.

Detroit Pistons

In: Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, Malachi Flynn, Ryan Arcidiacono, Mike Muscala, 2024 Second-Round Pick (via Jazz, Unprotected), 2025 Second-Round Pick (via Nets, Unprotected)

Out: Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks, Monte Morris, Marvin Bagley, Isaiah Livers, 2024 Second-Round Pick (via Suns, Unprotected), 2026 Second-Round Pick (via Portland, Unprotected)

As a team that is desperately trying to avoid the title as the worst team of all time, it’s unclear why you would sell the only competent veterans you have and still not even receive draft capital.

Sure, Quentin Grimes is a nice addition. But he isn’t going to be able to replace the production of five key rotation players.

We were told they would attempt to acquire veterans to “right the ship“, but instead they sold the few they had. You could almost convince me if you got a return of an array of valuable first-or-second-rounders, but they couldn’t even do that.

In fact, they actually gave up picks.

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