The NBA trade frenzy is underway, with Friday’s deadline edging ever closer.
Joe Ingles is on the move, CJ McCollum is heading to New Orleans as Portland blows it up, while Domantas Sabonis is moving back to the Western Conference.
Meanwhile former No.2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III has been sent to the Clippers.
See all the big deals below!
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FORMER NO.2 PICK SENT PACKING IN FOUR-TEAM TRADE
The Kings continue to wheel and deal as they are trading former No.2 pick from the 2018 NBA draft, Marvin Bagley III, to the Pistons, according to multiple reports.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports it’s part of a four-team deal in which the Kings receive Donte DiVincenzo from the Bucks, who are acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Clippers.
The Kings are getting Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles from the Pistons, and the Clippers are getting Semi Ojele and Rodney Hood from the Bucks, per Wojnarowski, who adds the Bucks will also receive two future second-round picks and cash.
Bagley and the Kings have had issues for a while. The 2018 No. 2 overall pick’s dad asked the team on Twitter to trade his son last year, and Bagley’s agent ripped the team for benching him in October.
$27 MILLION STAR’S NIGHTMARE FINALLY OVER
Goran Dragic is done with the Raptors after playing just five games for them.
Toronto is trading the point guard to the Spurs for Thad Young, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Spurs, who are receiving a protected 2022 first-round pick, are expected to buy Dragic out of his contract, which would make him a free agent.
The Mavericks, Bucks, Bulls and Clippers are expected to have interest in signing Dragic, per Wojnarowski.
Dragic, 35, took a leave of absence from the Raptors in November. He was part of a sign-and-trade that saw Kyle Lowry get dealt to the Heat.
The Raptors are also getting Drew Eubanks and a 2022 second-round pick, Wojnarowski reports.
INGLES ON THE MOVE
After suffering a season-ending ACL injury, Joe Ingles’ time in Utah is over.
The Australian is on his way to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team deal that will see the Jazz acquire Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Juancho Hernangomez.
According to ESPN, San Antonio will receive Tomas Satoransky and a second-round pick, while the Blazers get Ingles, Elijah Hughes and a second-round pick.
In his eighth season with the Jazz, Ingles understood his time in Utah could be coming to an end after sustaining an injury that left his team short in their push for a title.
“Today hurts…” Ingles tweeted. “I knew it was a possibility but didn’t want to believe it, we have been lucky to call this place home for 8 years!
“I got a lot more to say, but I’m going to have a beer & relax with some good friends.. Go get a win fellas! I’ll always be watching.”
Some in the NBA world were left stunned by the brutality of the decision.
Ingles will enter free agency at the end of the season, with multiple reports suggesting he’d like to return to Utah.
BLAZERS BLOW IT UP
Just days after sending Norm Powell and Robert Covington to Los Angeles, Portland has continued its clearout with a six-player trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.
After years of falling short in the postseason, the Trail Blazers finally decided to split up their star backcourt duo; sending CJ McCollum to New Orleans.
According to ESPN, the Blazers are sending McCollum, Larry Nance, and Tony Snell to the Pelicans, who are giving up Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, a 2022 protected first-round pick, and two second-round picks.
“Portland’s plan is to fully reshape roster around Damian Lillard now,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
“Portland created a $21M ($A29m) trade exception today, potentially $60M ($A84m) in salary cap space this summer, multiple draft picks and assets via Pels and Clippers trades. Plan is to pursue high-end talent now, not retreat.”
On the other side of the trade, the Pelicans, who are sitting in a play-in tournament spot, have given themselves a chance to compete until Zion Williamson returns to action.
McCollum, who is in the first year of a three-year, $100m ($A140m) deal will give the Pelicans instant offence alongside Brandon Ingram.
KINGS GO (TOO?) BIG FOR SABONIS
In a story that’s all far too familiar, the Sacramento Kings confused the NBA world Wednesday (AEDT) with a blockbuster deal.
The good news for Kings fans is that Sacramento has acquired Domantas Sabonis in a trade with the Indiana Pacers.
The bad? Tyrese Haliburton is heading out the door.
According to ESPN, Sacramento is sending Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson to the Pacers in exchange for Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday and a 2027 second-round pick.
And while Sabonis represents a massive talent at just 25 years of age, many were left puzzled by Sacramento’s decision to move off Haliburton, the 21-year-old point guard who has impressed this season.
“The league is stunned,” said ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported multiple teams would have been “knocking at the door” if they knew Haliburton was available.
“This was a player that everybody thought — including Tyrese Haliburton — that he’d be the cornerstone of their future,” Wojnarowski added.
In terms of fit, putting Sabonis with De’Aaron Fox will work. But Haliburton, when playing without Fox, has shown the ability to run a team.
As for Indiana, Sabonis’ exit is the second move of their blow-up, after they sent Caris LeVert to Cleveland.
Cavs land LeVert
— Caris Levert
— 2022 second-round pick (via Miami)
— Ricky Rubio
— 2022 first-round pick (lottery protected)
— 2022 second-round pick (via Houston)
— 2022 second-round pick (via Utah)
Powell heads to LA
— Norman Powell
— Robert Covington
— Eric Bledsoe
— Justise Winslow
— Keon Johnson
— 2025 second-round pick (via Detroit)