look back at five notable transfers from the past ten years, always hot in February

It’s February 10, 2022 and it’s Trade Deadline Day! The NBA will be on fire, many players are likely to move, and the landscape of the Big League could well change in the hours to come. So to warm you up (if you haven’t already), we decided to come back to five trades that have marked the last decade. Let’s go!

Marking: Who makes an impression, leaves a trace, a memory.

Behind this term can obviously hide different criteria: impact of the transfer, caliber of the players involved, « shock » dimension of the trade… But in the end, we especially wanted to answer the following question: when we say the word deadline, what transfer immediately comes to mind? As you have understood, it’s more a question of feeling than of hierarchy, and everyone can have their own list for very personal reasons. Here is ours.

Isaiah Thomas at the Celtics (2015)

Not necessarily striking on the spot, the transfer of Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics became more and more so as the madness carried out by IT under the mythical green jersey. Ask any Boston fan what IT means to them, and you’ll realize how much he’s impacted Beantown during his two-and-a-half-year stint. It was with the Celtics that Thomas really exploded, going from Sixth Man of the Year contender to MVP contender in 2016-17 averaging 29 points. It was with the Celtics that Thomas became the « King of the Fourth », he who chained exploits in money time to the cheers of TD Garden. Finally, it was with the Celtics that he once planted 53 points in the Playoffs in honor of his sister, who tragically died in April 2017. So yes, Isaiah will always be synonymous with Boston, even if Danny Ainge has it. coldly traded to get a certain Kyrie Irving back. We know fans of the C’s with whom this transfer has still not passed.

DeMarcus Cousins ​​traded to the Pelicans (2017)

When you have one of the best interiors in the NBA leaving her franchise and who joins… one of the best NBA interiors to form the new Twin Towers, obviously that marks. This is what happened in February 2017 when DeMarcus Cousins ​​was transferred by the Kings (already the Kings, who recovered in exchange… Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a first round draft pick and two second-round pick) from Anthony Davis’ Pelicans. As a reminder, five years ago, DMC was one of the most unstoppable players in the League: 27.8 points on average, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.4 interceptions, 1.3 against, here are the stats of the man before arriving at the Pels of a monstrous but too isolated Davis in Louisiana. Together, the duo pulled off some crazy things but the Pelicans didn’t really manage to take off. No Playoffs in 2017, then ruptured Achilles tendon for DMC the following season, and departure for Golden State in the summer of 2018. It was then Anthony Davis who left Louisiana in the 2019 offseason through a transfer to Lakers.

The Cavaliers Exploding Their Squad (2018)

Do you see the Lakers now? A superteam on paper, an awful team on the pitch, and above all this feeling that the team is going nowhere without major changes. Four years ago, a certain LeBron James found himself in a somewhat similar situation with the Cavaliers. Admittedly, Cleveland was performing better than Los Angeles today, but the band at the King also looked like an association of big names in decline, all without any real background. So at the 2018 trade deadline, the Cavaliers simply does the housework. Isaiah Thomas? Transferred to the Lakers. Derrick Rose? Returned to Jazz. Dwyane Wade? Sent back to Miami in his lifelong franchise. On top of that, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Jae Crowder were also cleared, and Cleveland ended up picking up Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Rodney Hood. That season, thanks to a more balanced roster but above all an absolutely all-time LeBron James, the Cavaliers ruined Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony before going to the NBA Finals, where they took a lot of money. against the Warriors.

Direction Toronto for Marc Gasol (2019)

As one of the faces of the Grizzlies version Grit & Grind, Marc Gasol left his heart franchise in February 2019 to take the road to Toronto. It was really from this moment that the Memphis franchise turned the page, Mike Conley also being transferred a few months later. For Gasol, the trade with the Raptors represented a great opportunity to finally win a first NBA title. And it didn’t fail. Marco came to bring his experience, his game intelligence and his two-way side to the team led by Kawhi Leonard, who arrived in Canada in the summer of 2018 and is about to become a free agent. As a result, the Raptors have made one of the best journeys in recent years to reach the top by beating the Warriors dynasty in the NBA Finals. First ring for Marco, first title for the Dinos, and above all a mythical celebration that we are not about to forget.

Andrew Wiggins to Warriors / D’Angelo Russell to Wolves (2020)

We don’t really know why, but this transfer remains in our memory. Maybe because Andrew Wiggins is now a starting All-Star (loool). Perhaps because D’Angelo Russell contributes to a Wolves team that has a positive record and finds itself in the Playoffs race (miracle). At the time of the trade, opinions were divided on the real winner of the deal. The Wolves were looking for an All-Star caliber point guard to help Karl-Anthony Towns and DLo’s arrival was seen by some as a step forward for Minnesota, while others had serious doubts. On the Warriors side, they agreed to bet on Wiggins – who represented a punchline at the time, especially with his big contract – but above all managed to nab a first-round draft pick in the transaction (only Top-3 protected…). In the end, that pick turned into Jonathan Kuminga and Wiggins became an important part of the West’s second-best team this season. So if the Wolves have indeed managed to progress since then, Golden State can be considered a winner on points two years later. Warriors owner Joe Lacob goes even further: “I think it was one of the best deals, if not the best we could do”. Don’t push either huh…

And for you, what are the five most significant trades of the last decade?

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