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March 26, 2021

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Nikola Vucevic was the only current All-Star who switched teams on a chaotic but somewhat low-impact NBA Trade Deadline day.

Vucevic’s Orlando Magic were the big movers, blowing up their team after following back-to-back playoff seasons with a disappointing 15-29 start to this season.

Currently sitting in second-last place in the Eastern Conference, the Magic signalled their intent to rebuild by shipping out Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls, Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics and Aaron Gordon to the Denver Nuggets.

The Raptors were expected to be the other major players but when the deadline passed on Friday at 6am (AEDT) veteran guard Kyle Lowry remained in Toronto.

“In the end, (Raptors president of basketball operations) Masai Ujiri didn’t find a package that compelled him to trade Kyle Lowry — and Lowry had always been fine with completing the season with the Raptors,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted. “Now, Lowry can head to free agency in the summer.”

The Raptors did however send Norman Powell to Portland.

The Miami Heat also added talent as they prepare for another playoff run, making a move for Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo.

Ben Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers added veteran guard George Hill.

Elsewhere, there was no trade for Lonzo Ball, who is staying in New Orleans, or Andre Drummond, who is expected to work out a buy out with Detroit. The Spurs were also unable to find a trade partner for LaMarcus Aldridge and agreed to buy out his contract, leaving him free to sign with a new team.

Here is a list of every move made, with the understanding some trades may still yet to be announced.


— The Orlando Magic traded centre Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Chicago Bulls for Otto Porter Jr, Wendell Carter and two first-round picks. The Magic also sent guard Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics for two second-round picks and forward Aaron Gordon and Gary Clark to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Gary Harris, rookie RJ Hampton and a protected 2025 first-round pick.

— The Portland Trail Blazers acquired Norman Powell from the Toronto Raptors, giving up Gary Trent Jr and Rodney Hood.

— The Houston Rockets traded Victor Oladipo to the Miami Heat for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a 2022 draft pick swap.

— The Atlanta Hawks sent Rajon Rondo to the LA Clippers in a trade for Lou Williams and two second-round picks (2023 and 2027).

— The Philadelphia 76ers grabbed George Hill from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Ignas Brazdeikis from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade. The Thunder received Austin Rivers from the Knicks and Tony Bradley and 2025 and 2026 second-round picks from the 76ers. The 76ers also sent Terrance Ferguson to New York in the trade.

— The Dallas Mavericks acquired veteran shooter JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli from the New Orleans Pelicans. The Mavs gave up James Johnson, Wes Iwundu and a second-round pick.

— The Boston Celtics traded centre Daniel Theis to the Chicago Bulls for centre Mo Wagner.

— The Miami Heat acquired Nemanja Bjelica from the Sacramento Kings, sending back Maurice Harkless and Chris Silva.

— Denver Nuggets acquired centre JaVale McGree from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for centre Isaiah Hartenstein, a 2023 protected second-round pick and an unprotected 2027 second-round pick.

— Detroit Pistons traded guard Delon Wright to the Sacramento Kings for guard Cory Joseph and two second-round draft picks. Wright, who is eighth in the league in steals per game (1.5), is averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 assists in 35 games this season. The Kings will send their 2021 second-round pick (via the Los Angeles Lakers) and their own 2024 second-round pick in the deal.

— The Chicago Bulls sent Daniel Gafford and Chandle Hutchison to the Washington Wizards for Troy Brown Jr and Moritz Wagner.

— The Utah Jazz acquired guard Matt Thomas from the Toronto Raptors for a future second-round pick.

— The Raptors also sent guard Terrence Davis to the Sacramento Kings for a future second-round pick.

— The Golden State Warriors traded Marquese Chriss to the San Antontio Spurs for Cady Lalanne

More to come …


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