2022 NBA Trade Deadline brings big changes to the league

Leading up to the 2022 NBA trade deadline, several teams made deals that could change the course of the season. A few teams attained just what they needed to excel this year, while others may have gotten the short end of the stick.

The most notable trade was between the Philadelphia 76’ers and the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets traded All-Star James Harden and the struggling Paul Millsap for Seth Curry, Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond, and two first-round picks.

Harden joins fellow All-Star Joel Embiid in Philadelphia, and they could join together to create a threatening duo…as long as he avoids any further injuries.

“As long as Harden stays healthy, gets fit, meshes well with his MVP-caliber, ball-dominant teammate, tries a little bit on D…” analyst Michael Grange said. “Sixers will come out fine on this trade.”

In exchange for one of the biggest stars in the game, the Nets received several star shooters and defenders that will really help their issues on the court. Andre Drummond is a top 20 rebounder this season, Seth Curry is in the top 20 for 3-point percentages, and Ben Simmons is currently tied for the 6th most triple-doubles from an active player.

In terms of who won the trade, either team could be considered the winner. The 76’ers have another powerhouse to accompany Embiid, but the Nets have a lot of depth on the court and on the bench.

“I think both teams won the trade,” fanatic Noah Rees said. “They both have the best of both worlds now that Simmons has some space and Embiid actually has another shooting option.”

Another big trade went down between the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings. Buddy Hield, Tristen Thompson, and upcoming star Tyrese Haliburton were sent to Indiana. In turn, Sacramento received All-Star center Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and a few other low-scoring players.

Many believe the Kings made a big mistake getting rid of the 2020 12th pick guard, Tyrese Haliburton. As a 21-year-old, he is already making his mark on the leaders boards. And he’s only getting better.

Not to mention, Haliburton was beginning to develop an undivided loyalty to Sacramento.

“I wanted to become one of those players who got drafted somewhere and built a legacy — on and off the court,” Haliburton said. “I wanted to become someone the people of Sacramento knew was in their corner.”

It may have been a bad judgment to get rid of Haliburton, but each player traded matches up fairly well. Thompson and Lamb both average 6-7 points per game; Hield averages 14.8 points while Holiday stands at 11 points per game; Haliburton averages 14.7 points while Sabonis averages 18.8 points per game.

Aside from the Nets-76’ers and Pacer-Kings trade, a few other talented players got sent to new cities.

Latvian and former Dallas Maverick, Kristaps Porzinǵis is now a member of the Washington Wizards. Other significant trades include Norman Powell to the Los Angeles Clippers, Dennis Schröder to the Houston Rockets, CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans, and Montrezl Harris to the Charlotte Hornets.

The 2022 NBA trade deadline brought great things for many teams, and the changes made could completely change the course of this season.