Team Trades-What You Need to Know

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Team Trades-What You Need to Know

Isaiah Thomas ans Kyrie Irving were known to be the trade talk of the summer.

Isaiah Thomas ans Kyrie Irving were known to be the trade talk of the summer.

Isaiah Thomas ans Kyrie Irving were known to be the trade talk of the summer.

Isaiah Thomas ans Kyrie Irving were known to be the trade talk of the summer.

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Recent NBA sports talk has mainly been focused on previous summer trades. Through the months of June to August, many bold moves were seen throughout the business.  Teams are trying their best to catch up to the Golden State Warriors who seem to be pulling away more and more.  The Warriors have been to the NBA Finals for the past three years and with Kevin Durant’s signing just over a year ago, teams are trying to stack up.  With various players being put onto the same roster, I personally can see the season not going as well as expected.  Let’s just see what the season has in store.

Jimmy Butler who was with the Chicago Bulls for six seasons, has been traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jimmy Butler who has been with the Chicago Bulls since 2011 and has been a big factor to the franchise. Since Derek Roses’ heavy injuries in previous years, he has been an important asset to the team as well as a key player in the NBA.  This past summer he and the 16th pick were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zack LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh overall pick.  

Chris Paul who was with the Los Angeles Clippers for the past two years, and has now been traded to the Houston Rockets.

The Houston Rockets were able to gain a big name to their franchise, Chris Paul.  With him, the Rockets were able to give multiple players starting with Patrick Beverley,Lou Williams, Sam Dekker Darrun Hilliard and more.  

Paul George who has been with the Indiana Pacers for the previous six seasons, has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to gain another known name, Paul George, in order to load up for the Warriors.  Dealing with a serious leg injury in 2014, his talent was cut short; however he has surely been able to regain some of his skills.

Avery Bradley who’s played for the Boston Celtics for the past seven seasons, was traded to the Detroit Pistons.

In the early summer, the Boston Celtics started one of their many trade deals, with Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons.  The team traded their last player who played with Garnett and Pierce back in previous years.  In exchange, the team received power forward Marcus Morris.

Carmelo Anthony who has been with the New York Knicks for several seasons, has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With a more recent trade coming together, Carmelo Anthony, who has been with the New York Knicks for seven years, has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.  He was given in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott as well as a second round draft pick.  As the third big name being added to the OKC Thunder, there are very high hopes going into that franchise.

Isaiah Thomas who has been with the Boston Celtics for two and a half seasons, has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

For what has been known as probably the biggest trade of the year, Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving. This trade was so talked about because this was the first time two major teams have traded one of their stars after facing each others in the Conference Finals, which has never been done before.  The trade also came as a shock because the Celtics were not one of the potential teams Irving was looking to go to.  This specific event is what led to most of the summer chaos.

NBA trades this summer were a main focal point in the sports world.  With teams signing players left and right, it was hard to try and keep up with what was going on.  From what we’re seeing so far, Oklahoma City has been appearing to stack up quite a bit with Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and their very own Russell Westbrook.  Many people think that with these three big players, the franchise is sure to make some competition for the Golden State Warriors.  Yet, I feel that since this team will contain three main scorers, attempting to work as a unit may be detrimental, and will not be as successful as expected. Since the three players are so accustomed to being lead scorers/players on their own teams, having to share the ball and become one group.

The Isaiah versus Kyrie trade has clearly been the major talk of the summer.  The former Celtic who had only been with the team for two and a half years, was just as shocked as the rest of us when he found out the news.  The response to the trade has mostly been sixty-forty.  Sixty percent of those as Celtics fans have agreed with the trade.  As most other fans, they want the best talent they can try and get in order to win a championship.  However, the other forty percent, myself included, is still a little iffy.  I truly loved Isaiah, especially everything that he did for the franchise.  As much as I love the Celtics and I want us to win, it’s hard for me to see him go.  He had such heart and commitment as a player and a person, especially through the death of his little sister.  Nevertheless,  I understand the willingness to get a guard who is in healthier shape considering Isaiah’s hip injuries occurring just at the end of the last season.  All in all I wish I didn’t have to see Isaiah go, but I will continue to follow him in his career, even as a Cavalier.