The 2017 NBA trade features different scenarios that will surely spice up the 2017-18 NBA season. As the offseason goes deeper, several NBA superstars could be on their way out of their current team and expect to wear a different jersey next season.
This week, teams swapped picks, trade superstars to start a rebuild, and even dump some of their players for a salary cap relief. Here are the latest trade deals, according to ESPN:
2017 NBA Trade #1: Atlanta Hawks remove a ‘headache’
After one season, the Hawks decided to trade Dwight Howard and the 31st pick to the Charlotte Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st pick. Last summer, Howard signed with the Hawks to replace Al Horford as their starting center. Unfortunately, he failed to live up to expectations and struggled to make himself fit in Atlanta’s system.
As of now, it remains questionable if Howard will be a good addition to the Hornets. Charlotte currently has Kemba Walker and Nic Batum as main options on the offensive end. However, there is a growing optimism that coach Steve Clifford can help Howard revive his career.
2017 NBA Trade #2: The ‘snitch’ goes to Brooklyn
The Los Angeles Lakers traded D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick. The Lakers dumped Mozgov’s contract in preparation for the arrival of Paul George in 2018. Unfortunately, they can’t move the Russian center alone without sacrificing a draft pick or young player.
Russell could be the next face of the Nets’ franchise. Despite his inconsistencies, the 21-year-old point guard showed his potential to become a superstar in the league. Russell will be playing alongside Caris LeVert to help the Nets return to title contention.
2017 NBA Trade #3: T’Wolves create their own ‘Big 3’
After being linked to multiple trade rumors, Jimmy Butler expressed his desire to stay and win with the Chicago Bulls. Unfortunately, the Bulls are seriously considering rebuilding the team and traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the blockbuster trade, the Bulls received Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, and the 7th pick, while the Timberwolves acquired Butler and the 16th pick.
The deal makes sense for both teams as it helped them fill up the needs to improve their roster. With the trade, Butler will reunite with coach Tom Thibodeau to form the Timberwolves “Big 3” with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Meanwhile, the Bulls acquired the right piece to start rebuilding their team.