NBA trades in the off-season are a vital reason for talent shift and movement around the league. Off-season trades can change everything for a team whether it be for the better or worse. What were the results of some of the more notable NBA trades from this past off-season?
Sam Dekker traded to Cavs
Cleveland Cavs receive: Sam Dekker, rights to Renaldas Seibutis, and cash considerations.
LA Clippers receive: Draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko.
Dekker only played in nine games for the Cavaliers before being traded once again to the Washington Wizards. In those games, Dekker started five of them and averaged 6.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg. The former Wisconsin star played in 38 games for the Wizards and did much of the same for them.
Thunder trade for Schroder, drop Carmelo
OKC Thunder receive: Dennis Schroder, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Atlanta Hawks receive: Justin Anderson, Carmelo Anthony, and a protected 2022 first round pick (from Thunder).
Philadelphia 76ers receive: Mike Muscala.
OKC won this trade by a mile by getting a starting caliber point guard to come off the bench for Russell Westbrook. Schroder’s play dropped off just a bit because he went from being an every day starter to a backup, but he was invaluable. Schroder averaged over 15 ppg and 4 apg. Carmelo had a different story. After arriving to Atlanta, Melo was waived. Two weeks later, Melo signed with the Houston Rockets where he played in ten games, starting two of them. Melo averaged 13.4 in those games before being waived once again. Anthony is currently not on an NBA roster.
Raptors trade Kawhi, drop DeRozan.
San Antonio Spurs receive: DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first round pick.
Toronto Raptors receive: Kawhi Leonard, and Danny Green.
Although Kawhi Leonard only played in 60 games this past season, it was his best performance of his career. Leonard averaged 26.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Meanwhile, Kawhi has been dominating the playoffs so far. Danny Green played one of the better years of his career also. Green averaged 10.3 ppg and 4 rpg, while playing and starting in 80 games. DeMar DeRozan unfortunately played is worst year in over 4 years for San Antonio. DeRozan averaged just over 21 ppg to go with 6 rpg and apg. DeRozan is now out of the playoffs while Green and Leonard are still fighting for a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.