2022-2023 NBA, The Year Of The Blockbuster Trade

Big Name Trades In The NBA


The NBA has been buzzing recently with huge blockbuster trades being made ahead of the trade deadline.

The first trade is Kyrie Irving being dealt to the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks received star guard Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, a 2029 first round pick and some second round picks. Kyrie will be joining the (30-26) Mavericks who are led by MVP candidate Luka Doncic who is having an amazing season thus far. The Mavericks are emphasizing their players to play “natural basketball” and with the addition of Kyrie, defenses will be challenged as they must deal with him and Luka not to mention Tim Hardaway Jr and other notable players on that Mavericks lineup.

The second trade is the Kevin Durant trade. Kevin Durant was sent to Phoenix by the Nets for four future unprotected first round picks, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, and Jae Crowder. KD will be joining a very solid team with names such as Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton to name a few. This trade has put an end to Brooklyn’s super team as James Harden is in Philly and as mentioned before Kyrie Irving is in Dallas. Brooklyn is projected to start Ben Simmons at the one, Spencer Dinwiddie at the two, Mikal Bridges at the three, Dorian Finney-Smith at the four, and Nic Claxton at the five. It is clear that the Nets are expecting their new players to contribute immediately.

In trade number three the Detroit Pistons are acquiring James Wiseman in a multi team trade The Warriors are going to receive five second round picks from the Hawks while the Hawks will acquire Saddiq Bey from Detroit. This trade will save the Warriors $131 million according to Jason McIntyre of Fox sports.

In trade number four Mason Plumlee is getting sent to the Clippers in exchange for Reggie Jackson. Interesting trade as the Hornets already have a solid corp of guards, most notable being former all star and rookie of the year Lamello Ball. The Hornets were struggling at the five spot at the start of the season but as the season progressed Plumlee started to improve offensively, leading to a handful of player of the game awards for the Hornets. As of now it looks like the Clippers might have won this trade.

In trade number five Mo Bamba is packing his bags because he is being sent to the city of Angles in exchange for Patrick Beverley. Pat Bev will be join Paolo Banchero on the Orlando Magic. Adding Mo Bamba adds depth to the center position. If/When Anthony Davis gets her they will have a solid player in Mo Bamba to step in.

Gary Payton Jr is going back to his former team, the Golden State Warriors in exchange for five second round picks.

Jae Crowder who was just traded to the Brooklyn Nets is being traded again but this time he is going Milwaukee in exchange for another trade involving five second round picks. As of now the Nets are going to have a large amount of draft picks which will help them build a young team in the near future.

John Wall is involved in another three team trade, John Wall will be going back to Houston along with Danny Green, the Clippers are sending Luke Kennard to Memphis in exchange for three second round picks, and the Clippers are getting Eric Gordon from Houston.

The trade deadline last year was lacking in big movesĀ  when compared to this year. This year big names are changing jerseys and this can change the power dynamic of the NBA. Ja Morant said “I am fine in the West” but the way it looks the trade deadline will more than likely change his view on the western conference.