The NBA Trade Deadline always produces a crazy week and it was no different this season. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard is in the headlines once again.
Trade Deadline Wrap
A lot went down as the NBA Trade Deadline approached so here is a quick recap of the major moves:
Timberwolves receive: D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, Omari Spellman (Grade: A)
Warriors receive: Andrew Wiggins, 2021 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3), 2021 second-round pick (Grade: B-)
Heat receive: Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill (Grade: A+)
Grizzlies receive: Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Dion Waiters (Grade: B+)
Cavaliers receive: Andre Drummond (Grade: D)
Pistons receive: John Henson, Brandon Knight, 2023 second-round pick (Grade: C)
Clippers receive: Marcus Morris, Isaiah Thomas (Grade: A-)
Knicks receive: Maurice Harkless, 2020 first-round pick (Grade: A)
Wizards receive: Jerome Robinson (Grade: B-)
76ers receive: Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III (Grade: B)
Warriors receive: Three second-round picks (2020, 2021, 2022) (Grade: A)
Hawks receive: Dewayne Dedmon, two second-round picks (2020, 2021) (Grade: B+)
Kings receive: Jabari Parker, Alex Len (Grade: D)
Rockets receive: Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, 2024 second-round pick (Grade: B+)
Hawks receive: Clint Capela, Nene (Grade: C-)
Timberwolves receive: Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangomez, Evan Turner, Jarred Vanderbilt, 2020 first-round pick (lottery protected) (Grade: B)
Nuggets receive: Gerald Green, Keita Bates-Diop, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, 2020 first-round pick (Grade: A-)
Iggy & The Heat
Andre Iguodala is a disliked man in Memphis but the Miami Heat welcome him with open arms.
After sitting out every Memphis Grizzlies game since being traded over the summer, Iguodala joins the Heat in the hopes of turning them into a contender. Arriving with Jae Crowder and Soloman Hill, the Heat have added excellent three-and-D players to the roster without giving up current contributors or developing talent.
It’s a masterstroke by Pat Riley. Had he also have landed Danilo Gallinari before extension negotiations ended discussions, the Heat’s price to win the NBA Championship would be a lot shorter than $41. Nonetheless, the are on the 11th line of betting just behind the Toronto Raptors and ahead of the Indiana Pacers.
#MIAvsPOR UPDATE: Coach Spo says Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill will be available for tomorrow’s game vs the Blazers.
Tyler Herro (ankle) and Jimmy Butler (shoulder) both missed today’s practice. Coach Spo doesn’t expect them to play tomorrow.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 9, 2020
The Heat are a team nobody is going to want to see in the playoffs. Depending on where they’re seeded and how long they can avoid the Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat look ready for a deep playoff push.
Dame Is Fuming
Driving to the lane and looking to tie the game in the dying seconds, Damian Lillard had his shot blocked by Rudy Gobert. Except, it wasn’t a block. It was a goaltend.
The NBA’s Last 2 Minute Report from Blazers-Jazz states that a goaltending violation was committed by Rudy Gobert on this Damian Lillard layup attempt. It also says Royce O’Neale jumpers vertically and did not foul Lillard in his shot attempt. The call would’ve tied the game. pic.twitter.com/yGbfWupZeu
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 8, 2020
Social media blew up after the non-call. Luka Doncic and JR Smith are just two prominent names that popped up in the post-match discussion online. Later, the officials admitted to getting the call wrong and waving away Lillard’s game-tying shot.
Admitting the error is all well and good, but it does nothing for the Portland Trail Blazers. They’re on the outside and looking in at the playoffs following a terrible start to the season. Every win is extremely valuable. However, this loss drops the Blazers to 24-29 to be 2.5 games back of the Grizzlies for the 8th seed.
Already way out at $101 in the championship market, the Blazers can’t afford for officials to get these calls wrong. This call seems destined to define their season should Lillard and the Blazers fall one game short of a playoff spot.
NBA Against The Spread Standings
We have a new team at the bottom of the standings. With the Detroit Pistons covering three of their last four games, they’ve leapt the Minnesota Timberwolves who finally snapped their nine-game losing streak against the spread.
Standings At 9/2/2020
|TOP 8 ATS||BOTTOM 8 ATS|
|Thunder (34-18)||Bulls (23-29-1)|
|Celtics (31-18-2)||Spurs (22-28-1)|
|Bucks (30-22)||Cavaliers (22-29-1)|
|Heat (28-21-2)||Trail Blazers (22-29-2)|
|Raptors (30-23)||Magic (22-29-2)|
|Mavericks (28-22-3)||76ers (21-28-4)|
|Clippers (28-23)||Pistons (20-34-1)|
|Grizzlies (28-23-1)||Timberwolves (17-31-2)|