NBA Trades: Hawks Add Size; Wizards Add Depth
Happy NBA Trade Deadline Day. I hope you’re able to be at your computer at work this afternoon because it’s typically a wild day. There are many questions with what might take place today. But before, let’s start with what happened yesterday as Atlanta Hawks acquire Ersan Ilyasova from Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards added Bojan Bogdanovic. Both deals help bolster the benches of two of the top Eastern Conference teams. In the spirit of The Oscar’s this weekend, let’s give a movie review to these trades.
Sixers are finalizing a trade to Ersan Ilyasova to Atlanta for Tiago Splitter and two second-round picks, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Atlanta: Four out of five Stars, Philly: Three out of five stars – This is a great deal for Atlanta. They didn’t give up too much with Tiago Splitter and a second round pick. Ersan Ilyasova brings interior scoring for Hawks’ second unit which they’ve lacked all season. Ilaysova will get many minutes with a developing second unit. While the deal isn’t a first-rounder back for Philly, they free up space for Dario Saric to be a full-time starter which is big thing for Sixers down the stretch.
Washington: 2.5 out of five stars, Brooklyn: Five stars – Wizards once again traded away their first round pick. They could have used it much better than Bojan Bogdanovic. He adds some scoring to Wizards bench that hasn’t had it all year, but I wonder how he’ll respond playing in a system with many more talented players. Bogdanovic is averaging around eleven shots per game, and that number will decease. Brooklyn gets a first round pick in a great draft, and even though it’s likely in the 20-30 range, it’s something. Now, if they can turn Brook Lopez into a top 10-20 pick, they could be okay.
Much more to come with the deadline today. Look forward to Mitch and I’s podcast taping tonight where we’ll break everything down