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It’s finally here: NBA Trade Deadline. Pencils go down after 3 p.m. today.
The first dominos fell early this year with the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors setting aside their ongoing litigation to complete a deal involving OG Anunoby, RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley. The second big one fell in January as the Raptors traded Pascal Siakam to the Indiana Pacers for a package centered around Bruce Brown Jr. and three first-round picks. Those deals took two of the biggest names off the market.
Then, someone other than Toronto finally made a move, Detroit and Washington completed a deal, and the Miami Heat acquired Terry Rozier for Kyle Lowry and a first-round pick. And of course, it’s worth noting we got an enormous one in the opening weeks of the season, as James Harden was moved to the Clippers from the 76ers.
Because of all that action earlier in the cycle, it’s felt a bit quiet heading into the deadline. There does not seem to be a lot of star power available to be moved. Several team and league sources, who were granted anonymity in order to speak freely, do not expect a particularly wild deadline.
Having said that, there is a lot for teams to gain and lose today. While it’ll mostly be role players on the move, these guys could play critical roles in shaping the rest of the season.
Read the rest of our 2024 NBA trade big board.