2021 NBA trade deadline: Latest news, Sixers analysis


The 2021 NBA trade deadline has passed. Some big name players have changed uniforms while others stayed put.

No team was able to put together a godfather offer for Bradley Beal or secure Lonzo Ball for the postseason, but Victor Oladipo did find himself changing teams yet again.

The Orlando Magic jumped out of the gates as the biggest NBA trade deadline seller with a fire sale that sent Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago BullsEvan Fournier to the Boston Celtics and Aaron Gordon to the Denver Nuggets.

Here's a recap of the latest trades and buyout news from around the league, with the most recent at the top:

Drummond to join Lakers after Cavs buyout

After agreeing to a contract buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andre Drummond will join the Los Angeles Lakers, according to his agent. Other teams that were rumored to be contending for him on the buyout market included the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors.

Aldridge signs with Nets after Spurs buyout

LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly will sign a one-year, veteran's minimum deal with the Brooklyn Nets after completing a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs.

A number of teams, including the Miami Heat, reached out to the 35-year-old forward. The Portland Trail Blazers were also said to be in the mix for Aldridge, but reportedly never met with him.

Aldridge will join a stacked Nets team featuring Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin, who are listed as a plus-250 favorite to win the NBA title this season, according to PointsBet

Cavs, Drummond reach buyout agreement

Andre Drummond reportedly has become a free agent after agreeing to a contract buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Los Angles Lakers, New York Knicks, and Philadelphia 76ers are all rumored to be contending for the two-time All Star's services on the buyout market.

Spurs complete buyout with Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge finalized a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs, but Blazers fans shouldn't get their hopes up about a possible reunion. The Miami Heat are the reported frontrunners to land the 35-year-old big man, but he will also hold talks with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets.

Wizards-Bulls-Celtics complete three-team deal

Washington gets: Daniel Gafford, Chandler Hutchison

Boston gets: Luke Hornet, Moe Wagner

Chicago gets: Daniel Theis, Javonte Green, Troy Brown Jr., $1.3 million (from Boston), $250,000 (from Washington)

The Wizards, Bulls and Celtics were working up until the trade deadline buzzer to finalize a three-team trade that netted Chicago Daniel Theis.

Miami lands Oladipo before deadline closes

Houston gets: Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and 2022 first-round swap rights

Miami gets: Victor Oladipo

The Heat didn't get Kyle Lowry, but they didn't leave the NBA trade deadline empty handed. Pat Riley and company were able to pry Victor Oladipo from Houston right as the deadline was set to expire.

Raptors keep Kyle Lowry

Anyone watching the end of Wednesday night's Raptors-Nuggets game would have thought a Kyle Lowry trade was inevitable Thursday. However, the Raptors have decided to retain their star point guard after rumors linked him to Philadelphia, Miami and Los Angeles throughout the week.

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New Orleans trade Redick to Dallas

New Orleans gets: James Johnson, Wes Iwundu, second-round pick (from Dallas)

Dallas gets: JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli

Redick, a 36-year-old sharpshooter, had his playing time was cut in New Orleans this season and he is averaging 8.7 points per game, his lowest since the 2009-2010 season. He will providing shooting depth to a Mavericks team that desperately misses Seth Curry.

Clippers send Rajon Rondo to Hawks for Lou Williams 

The Hawks reportedly acquired Lou Williams and two second-round picks from the Clippers in exchange for Rajon Rondo.

Warriors trade Wanamaker to Hornets

The Warriors reportedly have traded Brad Wanamaker to the Hornets. Wanamaker averaged 4.7 points and 2.5 assists off the bench for Golden State this season.

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Warriors trade Chriss to Spurs

The Warriors reportedly traded Marquese Chriss to the Spurs for in exchange for Cady Lalamne. Chriss played in two games for Golden State this season before fracturing his right fibula.

Editor's note: The San Antonio Spurs waived Marquese Chriss on Sunday, March 28, to open up a roster spot for the team to sign veteran center Gorgui Dieng.

Blazers acquire Powell from Raptors for Trent Jr., Hood

Portland gets: Norman Powell

Toronto gets: Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood

Powell, 27, is scoring a career-high 19.6 points per game and has started 31 games for the Raptors. He joins Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum as part of a lethal Portland's backcourt. 

Sixers land George Hill in three-team deal

Philadelphia gets: George Hill, Ignas Brazdeikis

Oklahoma City gets: Austin Rivers, Tony Bradley, 2025 and 2026 second-round picks (from Philadelphia)

New York gets: Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier, 2021 second-round pick (from Philadelphia)

It wouldn't be the NBA trade deadline without Thunder GM Sam Presti adding to his team's horde of draft picks. With this three-team trade -- the first of this year's deadline, Oklahoma City now owns 17 first-round picks and 17 second-round draft picks over the next seven years.

Editor's note: Rivers was later waived by the Thunder, and the Bucks reportedly are the leaders to sign the guard.

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Kings trade Bjelica to Heat

Miami gets: Nemanja Bjelica

Sacramento gets: Moe Harkless and Chris Silva

The Kings didn't deal Marvin Bagley III or Harrison Barnes at the trade deadline but they did offload another big man in Bjelica.

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Magic trade Gordon to Nuggets for Harris, Hampton, 2025 first-round pick

Denver gets: Aaron Gordon

Orlando gets: Gary Harris, R.J. Hampton, protected 2025 first-round pick (from Denver)

Pairing MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokić with Gordon makes a lot of sense for a Nuggets team looking to return to the Western Conference Finals. Gordon, who has spent his entire seven-year career in Orlando, provides immediate support to Denver's ailing front court.

Celtics acquire Fournier for two second-round picks

Boston gets: Evan Fournier

Orlando gets: Jeff Teague, two second-round picks

The Celtics acquired Magic guard Evan Fournier in exchange for two second-round picks. Fournier averaged 19.7 points this season and gives Boston another piece in their backcourt along with Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker.

Editor's note: Orlando released Teague on Saturday and he reportedly has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bulls land Nikola Vucevic for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter

The Chicago Bulls have made the first big splash of the 2021 NBA trade deadline by reportedly acquiring Nikola Vucevic from the Magic for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter and two first-round draft picks. The Bulls also will get Al-Farouq Aminu as part of the trade.

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Nuggets acquire McGee from Cavs for Hartenstein, picks

Denver gets: JaVale McGee

Cleveland gets: Isaiah Hartenstein, protected 2023 second-round pick, unprotected 2027 second-round pick.

The Denver Nuggets acquired JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Hartenstein, a protected 2023 second-round pick and an unprotected 2027 second-round pick.

McGee averaged 8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game off the bench for Cleveland this season.

Raptors ask Sixers for big return for Lowry

The Raptors reportedly are asking the Sixers for Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle and two first-round picks in a potential deal to send Kyle Lowry to Philadelphia. Toronto reportedly is also unwilling to offer Tyler Herro. 

Kings acquire Wright from Pistons for Joseph, picks

Sacramento gets: Delon Wright

Detroit gets: Cory Joseph, 2021 second-rounder (via L.A. Lakers), 2024 second-rounder

In the first deal of trade deadline day, the Sacramento Kings acquired Delon Wright from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Cory Joseph and two second-round picks. Wright, a two-way guard, is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.5 steals this season, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3. The 28-year-old has one more year remaining on his deal at $8.5 million.

The Pistons will be the fifth different team Joseph has played for in his 10-year career. The veteran guard is on the books for $12.6 million next season, though it's partially guaranteed.

Lakers enter Lowry trade sweepstakes

Just when the Kyle Lowry trade market was beginning to make sense -- the Sixers or Miami -- ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has thrown a wrench into the plan, noting that the Los Angeles Lakers shouldn't be ignored as a trade deadline contender for Lowry's services.

Sixers looking at Lonzo Ball, Norman Powell

In their pursuit of perimeter help, the Sixers reportedly have asked about Lonzo Ball and Norman Powell. Ball's salary with the Pelicans is $11.3 million this year, while Powell is making $10.9 million with the Raptors.

Warriors currently won't match Bogdanović trade price

The Golden State Warriors reportedly have shown interest in Hawks' guard Bogdan Bogdanović. While he would be a great fit alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors reportedly are unwilling to match Atlanta's steep asking price at the moment. Bogdanović signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Hawks in November.

Suns acquire Torrey Craig from Bucks

Phoenix gets: Torrey Craig

Milwaukee gets: Cash considerations

The Bucks traded forward Torrey Craig to the Suns, who are keeping pace at the top of the Western Conference with the Jazz and the Lakers. Craig played 21 minutes per game in the postseason between 2018 and 2020.

Bucks acquire P.J. Tucker for Augustin, first-round pick

Milwaukee gets: P.J. Tucker, Rodions Kurucs, 2022 first-round from Houston (via Milwaukee) 

Houston gets: D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson, 2023 first-round pick

P.J. Tucker seemed to be toward the top of most contenders' shopping lists at the 2021 NBA trade deadline. Tucker, who was traded minutes before the Sixers tipped off against the Bucks, gives Milwaukee a veteran presence who can be a pesky crunch-time defender and threat from the outside. He can also be a valuable postseason commodity with his ability to play center in a small-ball lineup when needed.

The rebuilding Rockets, who at the time of the deal had lost 17 straight games, received a 2023 first-round pick, as well as the right to swap their 2021 second-round pick for Milwaukee’s 2021 first-round pick -- provided the pick falls outside of the top nine. Houston also sends Milwaukee’s 2022 first-round pick that it acquired in a previous deal back to the Bucks.

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Ariza, most traded player in NBA history, lands in Miami

Oklahoma City gets: Meyers Leonard, 2027 second-round pick

Miami gets: Trevor Ariza

The Thunder continued to stockpile draft picks, acquiring a 2027 second-round pick from the Heat along with Meyers Leonard in a deal that sends Trevor Ariza to Miami. Leonard, who played in just three games this season before season-ending shoulder surgery, had to waive the no-trade clause on his two-year contract to facilitate the deal. He reportedly will not be joining the Thunder. 

Ariza hasn't played since March 2020 after he opted out of participating in the NBA restart. The most traded player in NBA history, Ariza has now been dealt 11 times -- including three times in one week in November 2020, going from Portland to Houston to Detroit to Oklahoma City. 

The Thunder's treasure chest of draft capital through the 2027 draft now includes 17 first-round picks and 15 second-round picks.

Editor's note: Leonard was later released by the Thunder.

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