Greetings, folks. It’s time to take shelter at Canis Hoopus for the rest of the day. Keep refreshing CH and your Twitter feeds.
How poetic! A figurative and literal storm is headed our way. That is, the final hours before the NBA trade deadline passes—one that might see our beloved Spanish Unicorn moved to a new area code—and 6-12 inches of snow coming to the Twins Cities metro.
We are going to cover every single move throughout the day. Different members of the writing staff will be stopping by to update new trades and add their gut reactions. To get started, here’s a song by Al Green. I believe E-6 shared this in the comments section last week.
Let’s stay together.
Pre-Deadline Day Trades
Seven different trades were consummated before the clock struck midnight on February 23rd.
Bucks Ditch Miles Plumlee for Charlotte’s Hibbert and Hawes
How the Plumlee trade affects Milwaukee’s Cap https://t.co/LEucGgA9JN— BrewHoop.com (@brewhoop) February 2, 2017
Cleveland Trades “Birdman” and Cash to Charlotte for Salary Cap Relief
Mason Plumlee Heads to Denver for Nurkic and a 1st
The Nuggets have acquired Mason Plumlee in a trade with Portland. Details and analysis. https://t.co/65YzkUruvR— Denver Stiffs (@denverstiffs) February 12, 2017
Serge Ibaka Sent to Toronto
Report: Raptors make trade for Serge Ibaka. IT’S ALL HAPPENING. https://t.co/we6ecyllXZ— Raptors HQ (@RaptorsHQ) February 14, 2017
New Orleans Lands the Boogie Man
Rockets Ship Corey Brewer and a 1st for Lou Williams
The Rockets got great value when they dealt Corey Brewer and a first to the Lakers for Lou Williams https://t.co/y4tsXNOYLj— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) February 22, 2017
Wiz Land Bogdanovic for Nicholson and a 1st
Analysis: This trade has a Wolves angle as on Tuesday the Wizards were reportedly inquiring about Shabazz Muhammad. Bogdanovic like Muhammad is an offense-centric wing in the final year of his rookie deal, headed for restricted free agency at season's end.
The Wizards acquired Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a lottery-protected 2017 first round pick. McCullough and Thornton can be seen as salary filler. The cost of Bogdanovic was a first and absorbing Nicholson’s contract. Before berating Thibs and Layden for missing out on a first round pick, it’s important to note the negative asset that is Andrew Nicholson. According to ESPN’s Trade Machine, Nicholson is worth -14 wins. That’s terrible and also not a joke.
Quick reminder of why it took a first rounder to get rid of Nicholson pic.twitter.com/6nrC4ncUvT— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) February 22, 2017
Nicholson’s contract is also terrible. Hidden beneath the Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and Timofey Mozgov bad contracts of this past off-season is Nicholson’s 4-year, $26 million deal. Taking on that type of long-term money is a hefty pill to swallow for Brooklyn. This all paints a vague picture of the market for Muhammad as a similar asset to Bogdanovic. If the Wolves trade him for picks today, the price will almost certainly be less than a first. Two second-round picks would be a coup. -Dane Moore (@NikolaPekovic)-
Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks for Splitter and a 2nd
UPDATED:— Peachtree Hoops (@peachtreehoops) February 23, 2017
Report: Hawks acquire Ersan Ilyasova in exchange for Tiago Splitter, draft assets https://t.co/OSZjrHXRZD
February 23rd: Deadline Day
Morning brings us the sense that Ricky Rubio is not likely to be traded today, and the Wolves are likely to stand pat at the deadline, but we’ll see.
Meanwhile, the Wizards are trying to get a second rounder for Trey Burke’s expiring; good luck with that, and the Knicks apparently can’t give Derrick Rose away. —Eric in Madison.
CHECK THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
Minnesota's Ricky Rubio remains a significant target for the Knicks today, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Welp. This couldn’t end quietly.
UPDATE: 10:47 AM — Nerlens Noel is heading to Dallas
Andrew Bogut and Justin Anderson and conditional first-round pick will be traded from Dallas to Philadelphia for Nerlens Noel, sources say— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
I like this move for both teams. Noel is a restricted free agent, so the Mavericks will have to retain his services—and I’m sure they will work to do that—for this to be a good deal. I don’t imagine Dallas would give up a promising wing prospect like Justin Anderson and a conditional pick (top 18 protected) to rent Noel for the rest of the season (which they will tank). Noel is a good player and this could end up being a great deal for him and the Mavericks. Everyone knew his career in Philadelphia was coming to and end. For the 76ers, Andrew Bogut is a non-factor in the move. He’s having his worst season ever at age 32 and his contract ($11,027,027) comes off the books at the end of the year. Picking up Anderson is a nice move to salvage their investment in Noel. I’m sure Brett Brown will like the burly 23-year-old wing who is in his second NBA season. His limited playing time in Dallas has been somewhat weird to see given the position of the Mavs, but it’s also probably stupid to question Rick Carlisle. Both teams come out pretty well here. I’m calling this a win-win trade. - JM / @thedailywolf
Another quick update:
The Sixers will spend the next three hours trying to find a trade home for Andrew Bogut before contemplating a buyout, league sources say— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
Unless the Mavericks run the table, the trade essentially is Anderson and a 2017 and 2018 DAL 2nd for a good RFA big that DAL can match.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 23, 2017
UPDATE: DOOGIE WITH SOME SCOOPS
Trade deadline aside, Taylor told me he and Thibs have communicated to KG that whenever he wants they'd like to retire his jersey. #Twolves— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) February 23, 2017
Wolves Angle on Nerlens Noel Trade: Noel’s name has been bantered about all season in rumors, even to the Wolves. Whether you like the fit of Noel next to Towns or not, this trade, again, highlights the Wolves crux of being able to make a trade at the deadline.
The Wolves owe the Atlanta Hawks their 2018 first-round pick (lottery protected) for the “services” of Adreian Payne. Because teams are not allowed to trade their first-round pick in consecutive years, the Wolves can not offer their 2017 or 2019 trade in any trade offer. This almost eliminates the Wolves from landing any impactful young player.
A Shabazz Muhammad Trade Idea: #WolvesTwitter does not seem enthused about the idea of trading Muhammad for second-round picks. Another option is trading for a player who is also on a rookie scale contract. This type of player could financially be swapped for Muhammad and hold value beyond this season, unlike Muhammad.
In the Nerlens Noel trade, Philadelphia netted Justin Anderson in addition to two second-round picks. Noel like Muhammad is on an expiring rookie deal, but Anderson has two years left before hitting restricted free agency.
A few players on rookie contracts similar to Anderson’s:
Brice Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers), Bebe Nogueira (Toronto Raptors), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn Nets), Montrezl Harrell (Houston Rockets), Bobby Portis (Chicago Bulls). -DM @NikolaPekovic
UPDATE: This is good news.
For now, New York and Minnesota talks for a Derrick Rose trade have stalled significantly, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2017
UPDATE- 1:45PM K.J. McDaniels to Brooklyn
Houston has traded K.J. McDaniels to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Analysis: This deal puts the Houston Rockets $3.3 million below the salary cap floor with an open roster spot. Rockets will be agressive in the buyout market.
UPDATE- 1:46pm McDermott and Gibson to OKC
OKC sending Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow, w/ CHI sending '18 second-round pick with McDermott and Gibson, sources tell @TheVertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2017
Analysis: Taj Gibson is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Doug McDermott will be a restricted free agent after next season. Great move for the Thunder.
UPDATE- Hibbert Moves Again to Denver
Milwaukee is finalzing a deal to send Roy Hibbert to the Denver Nuggets, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
UPDATE- Tyler Ennis to Lakers for Marcelo Huertas
Sources: The Lakers will send guard Marcelo Huertas to the Rockets in Ennis deal. The Rockets will waive Huertas.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
UPDATE- Mike Scott Headed to Phoenix for Cash Considerations
Sources: Atlanta has traded Mike Scott to the Phoenix Suns for cash.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
UPDATE- P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors for Sullinger and Seconds
Sources: Toronto is sending Jared Sullinger and two future second-round picks to Phoenix for PJ Tucker.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017