FROM THE PRESS BOX – Folks, we are in the midst of one of the most exciting days in sports.
It’s NBA Trade Deadline Day. And we already saw a handful of trades take place Wednesday night.
But of course, none included Anthony Davis. And honestly, I don’t think we’ll see Davis go anywhere Thursday either.
Here are three trades that should happen before the 3 p.m. deadline:
Anthony Davis is trades to the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s simple. The NBA is better when LeBron James is on a competitive team.
If the Los Angeles Lakers can’t pull off a trade for Davis on Thursday, or some other big name, they will struggle to make the playoffs.
So I asked @WindhorstESPN if the Pels ever intended to seriously engage with LA on Anthony Davis, or if all the talks & leaks were instead designed to sabotage the young Lakers as revenge for what N.O. sees as tampering, & he said "it's not just possible, it's what happened." ? pic.twitter.com/wki2hDPaEs
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 7, 2019
If it wasn’t for the recent tank-like moves by the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings, the Lakers would probably miss out on the postseason. Because if Tuesday’s 42-point loss taught us anything, this team is not good and the young guns can’t handle playing with LeBron.
The Lakers cannot waste LeBron’s prime. And if they do nothing on Thursday, they’re going to waste a year. And he’s not getting any younger.
Markelle Fultz to the Atlanta Hawks. I’m going to be a little selfish here, but I think the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers are perfect trade partners.
After acquiring Tobias Harris early Wednesday morning, the Sixers formed arguably the best starting five in the East. But they could still improve their depth.
That’s where the Hawks come in.
Dewayne Dedmon has been a player linked to Sixers for a bit now and he’d give the Sixers some needed depth down low. Markelle Fultz could use a fresh start and Atlanta’s youth movement is the perfect place.
There’s already a report out there that Atlanta is interested in Fultz.
Hawks reportedly interested in acquiring 76ers guard Markelle Fultz https://t.co/IvdaEaMbJJ
— Peachtree Hoops (@peachtreehoops) February 6, 2019
J.R. Smith to the Detroit Pistons. At this point, I don’t think it would take much for a team like the Detroit Pistons to acquire J.R. Smith. In fact, it might only take a second rounder.
The Pistons are wasting Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond’s prime years. They could use an upgrade at shooting guard and Smith could give them the lift they need to squeak into the postseason.
He’s worth taking the chance.
One Final Thought
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen this already, but in case you didn’t… This is the Super Bowl LIII halftime show we all deserved:
The #SuperBowlLlll halftime show but they actually play Sweet Victory #HalftimeShow #SweetVictory pic.twitter.com/iFp02I85FJ
— Jose Anaya (@janayaqt) February 4, 2019