The NBA trade deadline doesn’t arrive until late March, but we are already seeing moved being made and know that many more will come. There are a few different factors that go into a team deciding to pull the trigger on a trade. For some, their hand is forced because of injuries, while others try to dump salaries or get that piece that will put them over the top in the race for an NBA title. Injuries and trade rumors are dominating the headlines this week, so that is what we will focus on with this particular roundup. Let’s jump right into action so you can continue betting against their NBA odds.
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One trade that we knew was coming was seeing Derrick Rose make the move to the New York Knicks. This was a trade that was supposedly going to happen in the offseason before the Knicks took a little step back. Insiders still believed that Rose was the man that they wanted, so it was not a surprise when the deal was finalized on Tuesday. The Pistons will get Dennis Smith Jr. and draft picks in the deal, with details on the latter part of the trade still to come. There were allegedly a few other teams in the market for Rose, but this one went as expected.
Another move that was made on Tuesday saw the Brooklyn Nets land free agent Noah Vonleh. It has been an interesting couple of months for the power forward, who many thought would end up in the G League. Vonleh was picked up by the Chicago Bulls in the offseason, but he never played a game with them after testing positive for COVID in the preseason before being waived back in December. Vonleh looked destined for the G League, but he held out in hopes of a call from an NBA team, which came on Tuesday.
Let’s now take a moment to talk about injuries, which, as we mentioned earlier, might well have an impact on the moves that teams make as the deadline approaches. Larry Nance Jr. of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who had just returned from injury, suffered another setback and will require surgery to repair a fracture that will keep him out for 6 weeks. De’Andre Hunter has already missed 4 games with knee issues, and now the Hawks will be without him for a minimum of two weeks as he undergoes a meniscus procedure. Finally, Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen will miss 2-4 weeks after suffering a shoulder injury.
Just as the Brooklyn Nets were beginning to get on a roll, they were forced to sit Kevin Durant after contact tracing revealed that he had been in contact with an individual who had tested positive for COVID-19. Durant has tested negative several times, but the Nets have decided that it is best to keep him away from the rest of the team for now. He is expected to be back with the team this coming Friday, so not that much longer until the big 3 for the Nets are reunited.