Trade Deadline 2021 Recap and Twitter’s MVP

Yet another NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, and we’re left with lots to sort out. Thursday was a wild ride, and deals continued to flow in after the 3pm deadline.

We know one thing about NBA Twitter for sure: it lives for transaction periods – sometimes more so than when these players are, you know, playing basketball.

Talking heads, beat reporters, and NBA players took to Twitter all day to find out what deals were happening (or not happening) and weighed in with their unfiltered takes and reactions.

2021 NBA Trade Deadline Day Transactions

  • DET Receives: Cory Joseph, draft picks
    SAC Receives: Delon Wright
  • PHI Receives: George Hill
    OKC Receives: Austin Rivers, Tony Bradley, Iggy Brazdeikis, draft picks
    NYK Receives: Terrance Ferguson
  • DEN Receives: Aaron Gordon, Gary Clark
    ORL Receives: Gary Harris, RJ Hampton, first round draft pick
  • CHI Receives: Nikola Vučević, Al-Farouq Aminu
    ORL Receives: Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr., two 1st round draft picks
  • TOR Receives: 2nd round draft pick
    UTAH Receives: Matt Thomas
  • CHA Receives: Brad Wanamaker, draft pick
    GSW Receives: cash considerations
  • TOR Receives: 2nd round draft pick
    SAC Receives: Terrence Davis
  • DAL Receives: J.J. Redick, Nicolo Melli
    NOP Receives: Wesley Iwundu, James Johnson, 2nd round draft pick
  • DEN Receives: JaVale McGee
    CLE Receives: Isaiah Hartenstein, two 2nd round draft picks
  • CHI Receives: Daniel Theiss, Javonte Green, Troy Brown
    BOS Receives: Mo Wagner
    WAS Receives: Chandler Hutchinson
  • BOS Receives: Evan Fournier
    ORL Receives: Jeff Teague, draft picks
  • TOR Receives: Gary Trent, Jr., Rodney Hood
    POR Receives: Norman Powell
  • LAC Receives: Rajon Rondo
    ATL Receives: Lou Williams, two 2nd round picks, cash considerations
  • MIA Receives: Victor Oladipo
    HOU Receives: Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley, 2022 1st round draft swap rights
  • MIA Receives: Nemanja Bjelica
    SAC Receives: Maurice Harkless, Chris Silva
  • SAS Receives: Marquese Chriss
    GSW Receives: Cady Lalanne
  • SAS comes to a buyout agreement with LaMarcus Aldridge
Notable Non-Transactions

Kyle Lowry will stay put in Toronto and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that Lowry will be seeking a contract in the 2yr / $50m range.

The Pelicans were not able to find a deal for upcoming restricted free agent with Lonzo Ball, and will have matching rights to fend off other suiters if they decide he’s part of the core moving forward.

It was also briefly believed that Trey Lyles would be moving to the Mavs as part of a three-team trade, but the final version of that deal left Lyles in San Antonio.

The Day’s Real Winner: Terrence Ross’ Twitter

As the Magic began to sell off their veteran parts, Terrence Ross‘ reactions had Twitter users everywhere refreshing his feed all day.

At first he was a bit worried, and for good reason. He very well could have been on the trading block too.

It didn’t take Ross to turn his worry into hilarious reactions about what was going on throughout the day.

It didn’t take long for Ross to find himself in the middle of a full-scale rebuild down in Orlando.

Bravo, Mr. Ross. You have truly won the day.

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