2020 NBA Trade Deadline: Andre Iguodala Traded to the Miami Heat

Finally, Iggy has been traded. The Saga ends, and he ends up in Miami. Here is how the trade played out:

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Miami Gets
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Memphis Gets
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Minnesota Gets
Andre Igoudala
Jae Crowder
Solomon Hill
Justice Winslow
Dion Waiters
Gorgius Gjieng
James Johnson

Here is how this deal impacted each team


The Miami Heat

Pat Riley does it again. Somehow, a what seemed like an impossible trade was completed. At face value, Iggy may seem to be the most influential player in this deal, and that is just plain wrong. The fact that the heat were able to add Jae Crowder in this deal speaks volumes on the talent of their front office. Crowder is one of the better 3 and D guys in the league, and though he is shooting a career worst from 3 this year, he still has been a valuable contributor off the Grizzlies bench. At times we even saw Crowder taking crunch time shots for the Grizz. The Heat got back one elite helpful piece in this deal, and it is Jae Crowder.

Switching gears to Igoudala; it isn’t the fact that Iggy doesn’t bring some value to the Heat, it is the fact that the sentiment around the league is that Iggy is going to help the Heat so much that they are elevated into the upper echelon of the eastern Conference, and that simply is not the case. The last time we saw Andre Iguodala play basketball was in the 2019 NBA Finals, roughly 8 months ago. We have no clue what Iggy we will get the last few months of the season. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Iggys 2nd year of the extension he signed gets voided his off-season, due to it being non-guaranteed. Iguodala at his best is a solid 10 PPG scorer and an above average defender, so was that really worth Dion Waiters and Justice Winslow?

Solomon Hill will be the 11th or 12th man off of the bench for Miami, he simply was just in the deal to make salaries meet.


The Memphis Grizzlies

There is something brewing in Memphis, NBA fans watch out. Over the last calendar year, the best front office in the NBA has been the Memphis Grizzlies. Move after move, NBA fans questioned their sanity and decision making, and once again they proved us all wrong. The Memphis Grizzlies somehow turned Andre Iguodala into one of the more promising forwards in the NBA, Justice Winslow. Though Winslow has only dressed for 11 games this season, his progression for his career should not be ignored.

Justice has improved his game every season he has been in the league. He went from an athletic wing defender, and transformed his game into a play making-shooting forward. Winslow has shot above 38% from 3 each of the last 3 season, and even had a 10 game stretch where he shot 43% from 3 last season. If he continues to grow in Memphis, they will have found their missing piece for thier young core.

Dion Waiters isn’t a slouch either. Though Dion has had issues with suspensions in the past, we have to give him the benefit of the doubt now. In games where Dion Waiters plays 15 or more minutes, he averages 14.5 PPG on 44% shooting, what team wouldn’t want that. Essentually, he is a chubby J.R. Smith, and the type of guy you want on your team when fighting for the 8 seed. Memphis got a great haul for two average players.


Minnesota

For my thoughts on the Timberwolves, please visit my piece on the DLO/Wiggins deal.


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NBA Players That Could Get Traded This Season

NBA front office’s are always looking for ways to improve their teams. One of the main ways to do that is by acquiring players through trades. While most common near the trade deadline, teams can make trades until mid February. There are always players in trade rumors, and potential suitors to make a deal for them. Today we look at players that could be traded away over the course of this season. 

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Beal’s name has been in trade talks a whole lot recently. This is mostly due to the fact that he is really good, and the Wizards are not good. Beal, who is 28 years old, was an All-Star for the second time last year. I’m sure he doesn’t want the prime of his career wasted on a team that has a slim chance to make the playoffs, and there are teams that would certainly appreciate his services, but I think that Beal’s landing spot could be the Denver Nuggets. If the Nuggets come out and play like they did last year, then they could trade a couple young players for Beal in the hope that it gets them far in the playoffs.  

Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans

Jrue Holiday could find himself traded, but it’s also likely the Pelicans surprise some people and they want to keep a player as skilled as Jrue. Holiday is known as one of the better defensive guards in the NBA, and averaged a career high in scoring last year with 21.2 points per game. At 29 years old and having probably seen the climax of his career, trading Jrue could be an option if the Pels want to get younger and acquire some more assets for the coming years. A team I would love to see Jrue Holiday on is the Milwaukee Bucks. I don’t know if the Bucks would be willing or able to put together a deal for Holiday, but if he’s on the market, Milwaukee with an addition of Jrue Holiday is scary.

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

After Lebron James and Kyrie Irving left Cleveland, the big 3 that won the Cavs a championship was down to just one. There has been speculation of Love being moved for a very long time now, and this could be the season that we see it happen. Love, who will be 31 when the season starts has always been able to score well, and rebound well throughout his career. The only thing that holds him back is that he’s having trouble staying healthy, whether that’s mental or physical. He has played 60 or fewer games each of the last three seasons. Teams might not want to give up valuable assets for a player with a high injury risk. A team I could see taking this chance is the Utah Jazz. They might want someone to help score the ball alongside Donovan Mitchell, and ease the pressure off of him offensively. That could be a scary team out west, and a potential landing spot if Kevin Love gets traded.

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