NBA teams make surprising moves in trade deadline

Wiggins, Russell swap teams in surprising trade (Getty Images)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

With the end of the NBA trade deadline, numerous teams made shocking moves and packages that stunned almost everybody.

Number one in the list would be the Golden State Warriors’ move of shipping all-star guard D’ Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for former number one pick Andrew Wiggins.

Predicted to be one of the most fruitful trades last off-season between the Warriors and the Brooklyn Nets, Rusell’s arrival made less impact as he wasn’t able to carry the team like he did with the Nets with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson sidelined with injuries.

The trade package involved Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman from the Warriors while the Wolves will be sending a protected 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick.

Adding to the list would be the Detroit Piston’s release of franchise center Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With the move, the Pistons have closed the Drummond’s chapter and will move on with Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose.

The Pistons are also receiving guard Brandon Knight, center John Henson, and a 2023 second round-pick.

Joining the trade buzz is the Los Angeles Clippers who are looking to solidify their bench depth by acquiring veteran Marcus Morris from the New York Knicks.

Last but not least, the Miami Heat acquired former NBA finals MVP Andre Iguodala and veteran forward Jae Crowder from the Memphis Grizzlies.

Fans from South Beach are already looking forward to their team’s new additions and are excited to see the former Warriors defensive stopper.