By Trinity Bravo
In this 2019 NBA season trades have been going crazy. Due to the fact that some big-name free agents’ contracts are up at the end of the year such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and others. All these all-star players being up for grabs has the rest of the league in a frenzy. On top of the free agents, the league already knew about Anthony Davis got the media worked up after he announced that he does not want to play for the New Orleans Pelicans and requested a trade as well. With the trade deadline coming up teams are trying to free up as much cap space as possible for all these MVP caliber players.
The Los Angeles Lakers are willing to get rid of their whole young core that consists of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and not one, but two future first round picks. New Orleans denied every single trade that the Lakers threw at them. The Knicks, on the other hand, are trying to play the free agency game a different way and work for the long term freeing up seventy-two million dollars in cap space. Trading their top three contracts in Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., and their franchise player Kristaps Porzingis, for Dallas Mavericks Westley Matthews, Deandre Jordan, and Dennis Smith Jr. Porzingis received a lot of backlash on leaving the big apple because the Knicks aren’t a “winning program”. This wasn’t the only Mavericks trade that had the media in a craze, Harrison Barnes was traded mid-game to the Sacramento Kings. That started an uproar even other NBA players chimed in on how messed up the organization is, when these players are loyal to the franchise and sold as if they weren’t worth anything because it is just a business.
A few culprits of this is the Boston Celtics trading Isaiah Thomas after he played the day after his sister passed away, and the Toronto Raptors who traded Demar DeRozan who stated multiple times that he wants to retire as a Raptor. The NBA is really stirring up the sports world. Even the NBA players are on their toes quite a bit. Players that are the face of the franchise are being traded for role players and draft picks. Marc Gasol who started his career out with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008 was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round draft pick. This whole 2018-2019 season is barely halfway through but it is amazing how much talk it has been getting already. Who knows what else could happen this summer coming up many people are expecting a lot of upsets around the NBA. The trades are getting so out of hand that every NBA store announced that because all of the crazy amounts of trades, if you brought a jersey and that player has been traded, you have 90 days to contact the store and have the option of getting your money back or trading for the player’s new teams jersey. We should be in for quite entertaining summer for 2019 in the NBA who knows what else would be in store.