As the NBA trade rumors continue to circulate, one wonders how many, if any, will actually happen before the February 8th deadline. Current gossip concerning top NBA players being traded includes the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, the Hornets’ Kemba Walker, the Kings’ George Hill and, the craziest of all, DeMarcus Cousins leaving the Pelicans for the Cavaliers. As a big Lakers fan, I have a perpetual stomach ache from ongoing trade talks circulating regarding Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr., not superstars but important players nonetheless!
So let’s take a look at last season’s rumors leading up to the February 23rd, 2017 trade deadline and see what actually happened before the trade deadline (without boring you with the other players, draft picks, etc. involved in these trades):
By the way, when I started doing the research for this post, I assumed that most of the trade rumors regarding last season were just that, rumors. But, as you will clearly see, a lot of the trade talk was an accurate reflection of these NBA teams wanting to part ways with the players that were mentioned in the rumor mill:
THE RUMORS WERE CORRECT … Serge Ibaka traded from the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors … Nerlens Noel traded from Philadelphia 76’s to Dallas Mavericks … Kyle Korver traded from Atlanta Hawks to Cleveland Cavaliers … Taj Gibson traded from Chicago Bulls to Oklahoma City Thunder … Lou Williams traded from Los Angeles Lakers to Houston Rockets.
THE RUMORS WERE CORRECT BUT NOT THE TIMING AS THESE TRADES OCCURRED BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE 2017/2018 SEASON … Carmelo Anthony from New York Knicks to Oklahoma City Thunder … Dwight Howard traded from Atlanta Hawks to Charlotte Hornets … Ricky Rubio traded from Minnesota Timberwolves to Utah Jazz … Brook Lopez from Brooklyn Nets to Los Angeles Lakers.
PLAYERS INVOLVED IN LAST SEASON’S TRADE RUMORS WHO SIGNED ELSEWHERE AS FREE AGENTS … Paul Milsap leaves Atlanta Hawks for Denver Nuggets … Rudy Gay departs Sacramento Kings for San Antonio Spurs … Rajon Rondo from Chicago Bulls to New Orleans Pelicans.
THE RUMORS WERE NOT CORRECT … Nikole Vucevic is still with the Orlando Magic although rumors persist this season … Reggie Jackson remains a Detroit Piston … Gorac Dragic is still a valuable Miami Heat asset … Brandon Knight remains a Phoenix Suns player but is out for the season with a torn ACL.
We may not know until next season the accuracy of the current trade rumors, but if last season is an indicator of accuracy, hold on to your hats!!!