2019 NBA Transactions

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and my goodness did the day end with a flurry. Ten traded happened on deadline day, including eight the previous two days. Follow along with all of the latest transactions with us! Make sure to comment your thoughts below!

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019 @ 2:00pm (PST)


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Latest Transactions

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019

Markieff Morris joins OKC

Markieff Morris has a new team, according to Shams. Morris has agreed to join the Oklahoma City Thunder for the remainder of the season, a move that will greatly improve the Thunder depth. Morris had plenty of choices too but ultimately decided to join a Thunder team that is 3rd in the West. Good move by Sam Presti (OKC GM) to bring him in.

Thunder sign:
F – Markieff Morris

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019

Kanter joins Blazers

Veteran big man Enes Kanter has joined the Portland Trailblazers for the remainder of the season. Kanter announced his decision on social media, and he will bring size, rebounding, and a good locker room presence to Portland. Fun fact, back in July of 2015, the Blazers offered Kanter a 4-Year/$70M offer sheet. The offer was eventually matched by OKC.

Blazers sign:
C – Enes Kanter

Monday, Feb 11, 2019

Stauskas signs with Cavs

Cavs sign:
G – Nik Stauskas


Linsanity bought out, signs with Raps

Jeremy Lin is going to be bought out by the Atlanta Hawks and will sign with the Toronto Raptors. This is a very nice signing by the Raptors and gives them a veteran PG if Lowry goes down.

Raptors sign:
G – Jeremy Lin

Friday, Feb 8, 2019

Ellington gets waived, signs with Pistons

Wayne Ellington was traded to the Suns two days ago, was waived, and is now signing a free agent deal with Detroit. He will help fill the void of Reggie Bullock (now with LAL) and provide some much-needed floor spacing for Blake.

Pistons sign:
G – Wayne Ellington

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 (Deadline Day)

Pelicans set to waive Morris twin

Pelicans waive:
F – Markieff Morris


Knicks waive Kanter

Knicks waive:
C – Enes Kanter


Pacers sign recently waived Wes Matthews

Pacers sign:
G – Wes Matthews


đź•›TRADE DEADLINE PASSEDđź•›


Boston trades Bird to Atlanta

Boston gets this deal in at the buzzer, trading troublesome guard Jabari Bird to the Hawks, and according to Shams, the Hawks will then cut him.

Celtics
Get:

Future protected 2nd-rounder

Hawks
Get & Waive:

G – Jabari Bird

Raptors trade Monroe to Nets

Shams broke this one post-deadline. The Raptors move off of Greg Monroe, and it’s unknown right now if the Nets will keep him or drop him. Monroe could be useful for the Nets, as they are in the playoffs at the moment. His contract is not large, and he is a UFA next season, so it makes sense to keep him around.

Nets
Get:

C – Greg Monroe
Second-round pick

Raptors
Get:

Roster Room


Sixers send Fultz to Magic

Oh My Goodness! The Sixers finally decide to part way with Markelle Fultz, sending him and his shoulder to the Magic in exchange for Jonathan Simmons. Fultz will get a chance to restart his career in Orlando, while the Sixers continue to add solid veterans to their bench. This is a solid move for the current Philly roster, but it’s crazy to think that a former #1 pick was traded for Jonathan Simmons and future picks.

76ers
Get:

F – Jonathan Simmons
2020 first round pick (OKC)
Future second-round pick (CLE)

Magic
Get:

G – Markelle Fultz

Lakers/Clippers exchange big men

The Lakers made a trade, just not the one we all have heard about. The Lakers traded Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley to the Clippers for big man Mike Muscala. Muscala is a free agent next season and can shoot the ball from the center position, something that is coveted on LeBron teams. This also gives the Lakers an open roster spot. The Clippers get an up-and-coming big man in Zubac, who can do some things and is an RFA at season’s end.

Clippers
Get:

C – Ivica Zubac
F – Michael Beasley

Lakers
Get:

C – Mike Muscala


Raptors go all in, trade for Marc Gasol

Wow! The Raptors go all in for the 2019 title by trading for big man Marc Gasol in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a future second-round pick. The Grizzlies free themselves from Gasol’s $25.5M player option for next year, and they give him a chance to win the title with the Raptors. This move does cut into their bench a little, but Jonas was making $17M next year anyway, and I would much rather have Gasol than Jonas.

Raptors
Get:

C – Marc Gasol

Grizzlies
Get:

C – Jonas Valanciunas
F – Delon Wright
F – CJ Miles
2024 second-round pick

Clippers release Gortat

The Clippers have waived veteran center Marcin Gortat. Expect him to sign on with a playoff contender soon.

Clippers Waive:
C – Marcin Gortat


Clippers trade Bradley to Grizzlies

The Clippers continue to unload guaranteed contracts for next season, this time sending out Avery Bradley to the Grizzlies for Garret Temple and JaMychal Green. Bradley’s contract is only partially guaranteed for $2M next season, so the Clippers free up $15M for next year by acquiring Green and Temple, whose contracts expire at seasons end.

Clippers
Get:

G – Garret Temple
F – JaMychal Green

Grizzlies
Get:

G – Avery Bradley


Bucks acquire Mirotic

While the full details of this trade aren’t quite ready yet, we know that Nikola Mirotic is joining the Bucks. Rumor has it this is a three-team deal, involving the Pistons, Bucks, and Pelicans. More to come soon.

Bucks
Get:

F – Nikola Mirotic

Pelicans
Get:

G – Stanley Johnson
F/C – Jason Smith
’19 2nd-round pick (DEN)
Two ’20 2nd-round picks (WAS & MIL)
’21 2nd-round pick (WAS)

Pistons Get:

C – Thon Maker


Rockets send Baldwin/Stauskas to Pacers, both waived

The Rockets shredded more salary, trading their two newest players, Wade Baldwin & Nik Stauskas to the Pacers, and it’s reported the players will be waived. Tough break for both Baldwin and Stauskas, who’ve been on four teams in the last week, and are now unemployed. The NBA is a tough business.

Pacers
Get:

F/G – Wade Baldwin
G – Nik Stauskas

Rockets
Get:

Future second-round pick


Pacers
Waive:

F/G – Wade Baldwin
G – Nik Stauskas


Rockets trade Ennis to 76ers

The 76ers added a piece to their bench by acquiring forward James Ennis from the Rockets for a future second-round pick. Ennis can shoot the three and play d, and since the 76ers traded away some depth in the Tobias Harris deal, this move gives them another body.

76ers
Get:

F – James Ennis

Rockets
Get:

2021 second-round pick

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019

Dallas trades Barnes to Sacramento

The Mavericks traded Harrison Barnes to the Kings in exchange for Justin Jackson and veteran Zach Randolph, though initial reports are that ZBo doesn’t have to report and will most likely get bought out. By trading Barnes for Jackson, the Mavericks saved about $20M, which will help them build around KP and Doncic. The Kings get Barnes, who is a fantastic scorer at times and has a $25M player option for next season. The Kings are going all in for the postseason, and if they make it, expect Barnes to re-sign.

Kings
Get:

F – Harrison Barnes

Mavericks
Get:

F – Justin Jackson
F – Zach Randolph (will be waived)


Cavs, Kings, and Rockets work 3-team deal

The Cavs, Kings, and Rockets completed a three-team, six player deal on Wednesday night. The Kings get Alec Burks, whom they have coveted for a while, as they continue to make their push towards the postseason. The Cavaliers acquire a first-round pick for this upcoming draft, but it’s Houston’s pick, so it will most likely be in the 20’s. The Cavs also get Marquese Chriss, who is talented and young and also extremely inconsistent, and Brandon Knight, who is simply salary filler. The Rockets get Iman Shumpert, who will provide much needed bench depth and veteran experience, and shooters Wade Baldwin and Nik Stauskas.

Kings
Get:

G/F – Alec Burks

Cavs
Get:

F – Marquese Chriss
G – Brandon Knight
’19 1st-round pick (top-13 protected)

Rockets Get:

G – Iman Shumpert
F/G – Wade Baldwin
G – Nik Stauskas


Pelicans acquire a Morris twin

The Washington Wizards were able to save over $2M in salary by trading Morris to the Pelicans, and the Pels get a shooter that can space the floor. Both players are unrestricted free agents this summer, so this was just a salary dump from Washington, as it seems they are prepared to T.A.N.K.

Wizards
Get:

F – Wesley Johnson

Pelicans
Get:

F – Markieff Morris
2023 second-round pick


Wizards trade Porter to Bulls for Parker, Portis

Shams broke this one, announcing the Bulls have moved Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis to the Wizards for Otto Porter Jr (a lot of “P’s” in this deal). The Bulls were able to finally move Bobby Portis, albeit 18 months after his fight with then-teammate Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls get Otto Porter, who was one deemed “untouchable” by the Wizards, but the latest injury to John Wall seems to have changed that. I like this move for both teams, though it’s tricky to tell at the moment. Porter Jr is a long wing who can do some good things, and now will have plenty of playing time. The Wiz get two solid big men, but Parker is expensive, and next year is a player-option, so it looks like we know the makeup of the 2020 Wizards … barring a Beal trade.

Wizards
Get:

F – Jabari Parker
F/C – Bobby Portis
2023 Second-round pick

Bulls
Get:

F – Otto Porter Jr.


Suns/Heat exchange shooters

According to Woj, the Miami Heat traded away a big contract in exchange for a slightly smaller contract. The Heat trade away guard Tyler Johnson to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Ryan Anderson. The Suns free themselves of Anderson and get Johnson, who could potentially opt out at the end of the year (seems likely, who wants to play in Phoenix). Shams Charania also reported that Wayne Ellington is included in the deal going to Phoenix.

Suns
Get:

G – Tyler Johnson
G – Wayne Ellington

Heat
Get:

F – Ryan Anderson


76ers/Clippers complete Harris trade

The 76ers and Clippers exchanged six players and two draft picks early Wednesday morning, and it works for both teams. The Clippers free up cap space (a la the Knicks) and get two decent draft picks from the Sixers. As for Philly, they now have a very solid starting line-up and have a potential “big-four” of Embiid, Simmons, Butler, and now Tobias Harris. Harris is a free agent at the end of the season, but the early talks are that Philly wants to keep him long term.

76ers
Get:

F – Tobias Harris
C – Boban Marjanovic
F – Mike Scott

Clippers
Get:

G – Landry Shamet
F – Wilson Chandler
F/C – Mike Muscala
2020 Unprotected 1st-Rnd Pick (PHI)
2021 Unprotected 1st-Rnd Pick (MIA)

PS: Tobias Harris not only made a game-winner on Tuesday night, but he also tweeted this after getting traded. #FTW

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019

Lakers/Pistons exchange shooters

The Lakers and Pistons agreed to a deal to send Reggie Bullock to LA and rookie Svi Mykhailiuk to the Detroit, along with a 2nd-round pick. Bullock shot a career-high 42% from three last year and will bring shooting and floor-spacing to LA, while the Pistons get a nice rookie that can shoot and is under a cheaper contract.

Lakers
Get:

G – Reggie Bullock

Pistons
Get:

G – Svi Mykhailiuk
Undisclosed 2nd-Round Pick

Monday, Feb 4, 2019

Blazers/Cavs swap role players

The Blazers acquired swingman Rodney Hood from the Cavs in exchange for guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin. Rodney Hood should provide some solid bench minutes for Portland and will add some playoff experience in that locker room. Stauskas going to the Cavs doesn’t mean much for the big picture, but this does give him a chance to play some minutes, albeit on a team going nowhere.

Blazers
Get:

G – Rodney Hood

Cavs
Get:

G – Nik Stauskas
C – Wade Baldwin
2021 Second Round Pick
2023 Second Round Pick

Friday, Feb 1, 2019

Bulls trade for Luwawu-Cabarrot, waive Melo

The Bulls made good on their word, trading for french-prospect Lawawu-Cabarrot and waiving Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo is now free to sign with any team.

Bulls
Waive:

F – Carmelo Anthony


Bulls
Get:

F/G – TimothĂ© Luwawu-Cabarrot

Thunder
Get:

Protected 2020 second-round draft pick

Thursday, Jan 31

Knicks trade Porzingis to Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Kristaps Porzingis from the Mavericks in a trade that was truly shocking. We broke down the deal here.

Mavericks
Get:

F – Kristaps Porzingis
G – Tim Hardaway Jr.
G – Courtney Lee
G – Trey Burke

Knicks
Get:

G – Dennis Smith Jr.
C – DeAndre Jordan
G – Wes Matthews
2 Future First Round Picks

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019

Rockets trade Melo to Bulls

The Rockets finally found Carmelo a home, though it’s most likely temporary. The Rockets traded Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls for draft rights. Rumors are the Bulls will waive Melo shortly.

Bulls
Get:

F – Carmelo Anthony
G – Jon Diebler (Draft Rights)
Cash

Rockets
Get:

F – Tadiji Dragicevic (Draft Rights)

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019

Grizzlies waive Stokes, sign Wallace

The Memphis Grizzlies waived F/C Jarnell Stokes and signed F Julian Wallace to a two-way contract.

Grizzlies Sign: F Julian Wallace

Grizzlies Waive: F/C Jarnell Stokes


Bucks add Colson

The Milwaukee Bucks added F Bonzie Colson to a two-way contract.

Bucks Sign: F Bonzie Colson

Monday, Jan 14, 2019

Knicks add Allen

The Milwaukee Bucks signed G Kadeem Allen to a two-way contract.

Knicks Sign: G Kadeem Allen

Monday, Jan 7, 2019

Bulls trade for MCW, then waive him

The Chicago Bulls waived guards MarShon Brooks and Michael Carter-Williams.

Bulls Waive:
G – MarShon Brooks
G – Michael Carter-Williams


Bulls
Get

G – Michael Carter Williams
Cash

Rockets
Get:

2020 Protected second-round pick

Wizards waive Baker

Wizards Waive: G Ron Baker

Sunday, Jan 6, 2019

Timberwolves Fire Tom Thibodeau

The Timberwolves fired Tom Thibodeau and hired assistant head coach Ryan Saunders (son of Flip Saunders) as the interim head coach.

Timberwolves Hire: Ryan Saunders

Timberwolves Fire: HC Tom Thibodeau

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

Bulls trade Holliday to Grizzlies

The Chicago Bulls traded F Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies for guards MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr. The Bulls also received two second-round picks, and then released Cameron Payne.

Bulls Receive:
G – MarShon Brooks
G – Wayne Selden Jr.
2019 & 2020 second-round picks

Grizzlies Receive: F Justin Holiday


For all NBA transactions, visit NBA.com.

Brandon Rosenthal is a writer, podcast host/producer, and an avid sports fan since the early 1990’s. He has been covering the NBA since 2016 for the30minutelunchbreak.com. You can view all of his posts and articles, and follow him on Twitter.

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