From Lakers’ Dry Spell to Heat’s Win, Twitter Reacts to the NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Published 03/25/2021, 10:30 PM EDT
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA trade deadline is finally past its mark, and the swapping doors are now closed. The entire circus of the give-and-take market saw teams like Lakers & Celtics on the losing end. At the same time, it was a welcoming few hours for franchises like Denver Nuggets & Miami Heat. 

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The greatest surprise from the trade among other shockers was Kyle Lowry staying with the Raptors. He was arguably the player in the highest demand, and yet, the Raptors could not find a buyer that could match the expectations. In total, 17 moves concluded the deadline, and it made Twitter go bonkers for all the right reasons.

Twitter reacts to Lakers, Blazers, and every other team’s trade listings

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For the starters, the deal for Miami Heat became an ordeal for the Rockets. Pat Riley and his front office could not land Kyle Lowry, but they sure did get a scoring talent in Victor Oladipo. They could save the shooting talent in Duncan Robinson while letting go of Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and a draft swap. 

Next, the Cavaliers failed to find a deal for as many as three players that were likely to end up elsewhere. The trio of Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, and Andre Drummond could not find buyers that could embark on a deal.

The most shocking part here was the Lakers failing to pull triggers to acquire the big star center. Instead, the Cavs sent out JaVale McGee (Nuggets) to gain possession of Isaiah Hartenstein and two future picks. 

In another very interesting and rather coincidental trade, the Blazers traded Gary Trent Jr. to the Raptors. Now, back in 1998, Gary Trent Sr. was sent to Toronto in his third season where he had played 41 games. The exact same scenario replicated with Trent Jr, making this deal a historic one.

Another big news was Rajon Rondo moving to the Clippers, giving the Lakers’ competitors a playoff edge. Then, the in-form Bulls received Magic players Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu for letting go of Wendell Carter Jr, Otto Porter, and two future picks. However, Aaron Gordon going to the Nuggets was something of a shocker for the Boston fans.

Read Also How Does The Denver Nuggets Roster Look After Trading For Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee?

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All-in-all, it was a make-or-break trade for the teams that had different intentions. A few teams wanted to fill the holes, some aimed at taking a full-blown shot at the remaining season, while the remaining franchises stuck to their core. 

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Which team/s do you think made the most/worst out of the trade? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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