The NBA trade deadline has let us down yet again, for what feels like the 10th straight season. Expecting to see superstars like Jimmy Butler and Paul George donning new uniforms next time they take the court, basketball fans everywhere were let down today when the biggest trade of the afternoon was centered around Cameron Payne.
The Chicago Bulls must see potential in Payne, who hasn’t lived up to expectations as a lottery pick in 2015. Chicago sent over Doug McDermott and fan-favorite Taj Gibson in exchange for a much smaller return. And although this deal is exciting for the Thunder, it is the opposite of what NBA fans thought would be making all the headlines on deadline day.
Beyond the Bulls-Thunder swap, Nerlens Noel being moved from Philadelphia to Dallas is probably the only other trade that actually matters. Mike Scott, Roy Hibbert, and Tyler Ennis are just a few of the players that were traded today which really tells you how disappointing it all was.
The trade deadline foreplay provided by Demarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans had fans on their toes, expecting a splash of transactions to shake up the league this afternoon. Instead, we got blue balled by the likes of the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics. Larry Bird is a blue baller and should be ashamed of himself. But there’s really nothing to see here people, just the typical NBA letting us down as always. We should’ve seen this coming. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me seven times, shame on me.
If one thing is for certain, it’s that the playoff race will be really interesting from here on out. But after today’s disappointment, I’m just about ready to forget the rest of the season and skip to the inevitable Warriors vs Cavaliers Finals.