The 2024 NBA trade deadline is DOA

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For the love of God, please stop reading this. The 2024 deadline has no bearing whatsoever. Don’t confuse trading volume with value. Repeat. Don’t confuse trading volume with value. This is Al Capone’s trade deadline vault. Instead of Woj Bombs, Adrian Wojnarowski is dropping trade pellets on his Twitter space. Shams Charania is giving grain to the masses instead of beef before the usual trading deadline. NBA GMs need to tip waiters and information brokers better this trade deadline season

The trade deadline used to be a gravity-altering day of fireworks, tense negotiations and five-star basketball fare. Twenty years ago, the Atlanta Hawks executed the following trade package. Sent Rasheed Wallace to Detroit on deadline day. A contract that changed the course of NBA history. Hell, a year ago, Kevin Durant was on the ropes in the NBA world until he was whisked away from the Brooklyn Nets turmoil on a midnight train from Phoenix.

A year later, the spiciest name being thrown around late at the trade deadline is Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray. His name was thrown around like a wagyu on a hibachi chef’s table. But the Lakers have put a pin in that position since D’Angelo Russell began practicing in early January, and he has since been returned to the starting lineup. Typically, LeGM’s James and Rob Pelinka perform rebuilds on the fly like crazy. This year is different.

What happened to the important deadline? There’s no better sign of the health of the NBA than the trade deadline. This is a reset period for franchises looking for new hope, a reset period for tank teams to drop anchors, and an opportunity for contenders to strengthen their rosters. However, there are no prospects for this summer in what appears to be a historically weak draft, and with Miami’s Finals berth plus parity, the top eight teams in each conference have a slim chance of making the playoffs. I’m clinging on.

Moreover, the most important transactions have already been completed.James Harden was ejected in September, much earlier than planned.. The Raptors got tired of playing Pascal Siakam and sent him to Indiana in January.The Knicks acquired OG Anunoby in late December, when the Knicks acquired RJ Barrett. Immanuel Quickley. Terry Rozier was flown to Miami two weeks ago.

Joel Embiid’s torn meniscus may have derailed Daryl Morey’s desire to reach the deadline, and Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine’s season-ending surgery makes a flight to a playoff team equally uncertain. became. This trade deadline has observers furious, but with nothing in the supply chain, NBA executives are leaving information brokers with an empty plate.

Denver sits pretty and stands packed as the defending champions. Mr. Morley has shown no sense of urgency. The Warriors were sellers for the first time in years at the deadline. Chris Paul and a comatose Andrew Wiggins don’t interest anyone. Wiggins is only interested in his contract year, and Paul is too expensive to add to the team as a contender for the apron. Clay Thomspon has too much sentimental value to believe he could be pawned at the deadline.

You might think LaVine’s teammate DeMar DeRozan would ask for a sizable paycheck in exchange for his expiring contract, but according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on this week’s Hoop Collective Podcast. “There is no expectation that DeRozan will be traded.”

It’s a shame DeRozan isn’t moving. He’s the type of addition that could give a “2004 Seed” type lift to a contender. For example, the Philadelphia 76ers need to do some smarts and let the Chicago team let DeRozan go before he becomes a free agent. DeRozan’s form has clearly declined, and it’s baffling that neither he nor Chicago recognize that his trade deadline should be his last stop with the Bulls. The Knicks are set to return to Toronto to negotiate a new defensive stopper in Bruce Brown, but that won’t raise blood pressures outside of the five-district area.

It’s time for investments in Woj and Shams to pay off, but this trade deadline feels like even more of a bust than Ben Simmons. If you’re a GM who wants to donate an earth-shaking NBA scuttle butt, contact Shams, Woj, Chris Haynes, or really yours. Please do so within 24 hours. There is no talented player over the age of 30 who can change this season’s headwinds.

Of the 30-plus hoopheads to watch, the most intriguing may be Indiana guard Buddy Hield. The Pacers sharpshooter was the current leader in games played without a playoff appearance and was given the opportunity to consider a trade before the season started. Since then, his role has diminished, and now that Indiana is finally on the brink of the postseason, Hield could be traded to Philadelphia. Philadelphia lost Joel Embiid in the postseason and is likely moving towards the play-ins. If he does, it would be the second time he has left the team right before being removed from the lottery.

Please pray for Buddy Hield and your favorite NBA information broker.

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