Good morning, folks. We’ve got our first big trade of the year. Let’s talk NBA.
“Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.” — Kobe Bryant
Jarred Vanderbilt traded to Wolves
While you were sleeping, the NBA’s trade season was just waking up.
Shortly after midnight earlier on Wednesday morning, news broke that a massive four-team trade involving the Rockets, Wolves, Hawks, and Nuggets had been completed. It was a 12-player deal – the most in any trade since the 2000 season – and it involved one former Wildcat.
Denver Nuggets forward Jarred Vanderbilt, who played seven minutes for the Nuggets while recording two points and three boards in a 28-point win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, was shipped off to Minnesota to team up with Karl-Anthony Towns.
Normally, trades of this magnitude don’t come to fruition. So many moving pieces can collapse a deal with just one minor detail. Three-team trades are already rare; four teams working together and actually coming to an agreement is incredible.
ESPN Sources: 4-team trade agreement: Houston: Robert Covington; Atlanta: Clint Capela and Nene; Minnesota: Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner, ATL 1st round pick via Nets; Denver: Gerald Green, Houston FRP.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2020
It wasn’t the mega-deal that Minnesota hoped would land them D’Angelo Russell but it did land them a first-round pick that they could still potentially use to flip for Russell before Thursday’s deadline. However, according to Shams Charania, those talks have stalled as of now. Other than the pick, Minnesota doesn’t get much out of this deal. They shipped away their best perimeter option but did acquire a couple of solid prospects in return. Veteran guard Evan Turner can run the point for Minny off the bench while Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez are quality young guys that showed plenty of value in Denver. They’ll get way more run than they did with the Nuggets, and that includes Vando. They do anything to help Minnesota right now, but Hernangomez and Beasley both have the potential to be great players down the road next to KAT.
Side note, the Houston Rockets now have zero quality centers after trading away Clint Capela and Nene in this deal. P.J. Tucker better get a couple of million-dollar raise for the pounding he’s going to take as a small-ball center the rest of the season. But if anyone can successfully pull it off, it would be the 6-foot-5 Tucker.
Jamal Murray returns from injury
Jamal Murray finally made his return from an ankle injury that had his status as questionable for a couple of weeks. The Nuggets points guard sat out 10 straight games before appearing in 19 minutes as a starter on Tuesday. All he did was post a BBNBA-high of 20 points to go along with six assists on a 6-9 shooting clip.
Damian Lillard, who had come in on the hottest shooting streak of his career, was held to just 21 points on 8-21 shooting for the Blazers, who were blown out 127-99. The Nuggets controlled this game throughout the night and didn’t even need to play the starters in the final 12 minutes.
Wenyen Gabriel found a season-high 11 minutes for Portland, although he failed to register a point, finishing with one rebound, one block, and one steal. Skal Labissiere is still out with a knee injury. He should be re-evaluated any day now with an update on his status to follow.
AD and Lakers blow out Spurs
The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t waste any time on Tuesday night, easily taking care of the San Antonio Spurs by a final score of 129-102. Anthony Davis posted 18 points on 8-12 shooting in addition to five rebounds. At one point in the fourth quarter, LeBron James drilled five triples in a span of just three minutes. The Lakers were up 11 at halftime and built on that lead throughout the second half. 19 of LeBron’s 36 points came in the fourth quarter as the Spurs did everything they could to claw back. They just couldn’t stop LeBron down the stretch. Rajon Rondo contributed seven points, four rebounds, and nine assists for L.A.
Trey Lyles finsihed with three points and one rebound for the Spurs, shooting just 1-5. Keldon Johnson made an appearence, too, but recorded no stats in three minutes.
- Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Washington had missed the previous two games with a minor ankle injury but was back in the lineup on Tuesday in an off-the-bench role. The former ‘Cat added eight points, six rebounds, and three assists while connecting on a 4-9 mark from the floor. Malik Monk went for 19 points on 8-13 shooting, hauling in six rebounds in the process.
- Eric Bledsoe posted 16 points, six rebounds, and seven assists in a 120-108 win for the Milwaukee Bucks over the New Orleans Pelicans. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo registered 34 points and 17 rebounds.
Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||127-99 W vs. POR||20||6-9 (3-6)||2||6||0||0||2||+15||19|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||110-125 L @ HOU||19||8-13 (2-3)||6||0||0||1||3||-21||30|
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||129-102 W vs. SAS||18||8-12 (0-1)||5||1||1||0||3||+7||29|
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||120-108 W @ NOP||16||7-20 (0-3)||6||7||1||0||3||+20||32|
|P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)||110-125 L @ HOU||8||4-9 (0-1)||6||3||0||0||2||-20||24|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||129-102 W vs. SAS||7||3-6 (0-2)||4||9||0||0||2||+13||21|
|Trey Lyles (SAS)||102-129 L @ LAL||3||1-5 (1-3)||1||0||0||0||0||-10||16|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||127-99 W vs. POR||2||1-1 (0-0)||3||1||1||0||2||-1||7|
|Wenyen Gabriel (POR)||99-127 L @ DEN||0||0-1 (0-0)||1||0||1||1||0||-1||11|
|Keldon Johnson (SAS)||102-129 L @ LAL||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||-5||3|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||110-125 L @ HOU||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||99-127 L @ DEN||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||108-120 L vs. MIL||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Suns (Booker) @ Pistons
7:30 (ESPN): Magic @ Celtics (Kanter)
7:30: Warriors @ Nets
7:30: Pacers @ Raptors
8:00: Hawks @ Timberwolves (Towns, Vanderbilt-traded)
8:00: Cavaliers (Knight-out) @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)
8:30: Grizzlies @ Mavericks (Cauley-Stein)
9:00: Nuggets (Murray-out) @ Jazz
10:00 (ESPN): Heat (Adebayo, Herro) @ Clippers (Patterson)