Two days before the 2017 NBA Draft, a number of teams get the ball rolling in terms of player movement.
Following Boston Celtics Trader Danny Ainge's lead (he exchanged picks with Philly), several front offices have created buzz with transactions involving a few recognizable names.
These aren't like rumors of Jimmy Butler to Boston, Paul George to Los Angeles, or any of the two to Cleveland. Actual players are being swapped, while teams decide for their future.
FHM evaluates the first wave of trades, which has been surrounded by awkwardness:
Ice in Magic's veins
Brooklyn Nets receive: D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov
Los Angeles Lakers receive: Brook Lopez, 27th pick
Pretty inevitable if you ask us, considering the Lakers' interest in Lonzo Ball and the third-year guard's rocky start with the team (Right, Byron Scott and Nick Young?). This trade figures as a win-win for both squads; LA admits and does something about its Mozgov mistake, while the Nets acquire young talent outside the draft.
Trade grades: A- for BKN, B+ for LAL
Brooklyn wins this one by a nose, only because its side entails less risk. Between the Lakers making way for #PGLeBron2018 and D'Angelo thriving as a member of the Nets, the latter is more likely to happen.
Superman is in (another) building
Charlotte Hornets receive: Dwight Howard, 31st pick
Atlanta Hawks receive: Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, 41st pick
The thought of Kemba Walker throwing lobs to Howard is downright scary...if it happened five years ago. The former All-Star has always been viewed to impact any team he joins, but has also proven believers wrong in recent years. As for the Hawks, the move was nothing more than a locker room change.
Trade grade: B for CHA, B+ for ATL
If this works out for the stubborn Hornets, then the rest of the NBA should watch out. Okay, not really. Unless playing for the GOAT somehow knocks some sense back into Howard, then expect him to give false hopes.
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