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Instant analysis of the biggest deals at the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline

This season's trade deadline has come and gone.

Below, you'll find instant analysis from the day's biggest deals, from the Golden State Warriors acquiring Andrew Wiggins to the Memphis Grizzlies finally trading Andre Iguodala.

The Detroit Pistons find a new home for Andre Drummond

According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the Pistons are sending Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Brandon Knight, John Henson and a second-round pick.

This is essentially a rental for the Cavaliers. Drummond has a $28.8 million player option in his contract for next season, which he has already hinted at declining to become an unrestricted free agent.

If this doesn't work out, the Cavaliers can let him walk in free agency. If it does work out, they'll be in a strong position to re-sign him.

Drummond is averaging 17.8 points, 15.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. Those numbers haven't translated into many wins for the Pistons, but the Cavaliers are banking on him being able to complement their young one-two punch of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland.

For the Pistons, moving Drummond gives them $35 million in cap space this summer, ESPN's Bobby Marks notes.

The LA Clippers get Marcus Morris

The Clippers weren't going to let the trade deadline pass without making a move.

The move? Sending Moe Harkless to the New York Knicks for Marcus Morris, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The trade hasn't been finalized yet, but the deal is expected to go through.

Morris is in the midst of a career year with an average of 19.6 points per game. He's shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 43.9 percent from 3-point line, giving the Clippers another scorer and shooter alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

The Clippers aren't just trading for Morris for his offence, though. At 6-foot-8 and 218 pounds, he has the size to guard LeBron James should the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers meet in the playoffs.

That's not to say that he's a LeBron-stopper or anything, but Morris has long been confident in his ability to match up with the 16-time All-Star.

"Personally, I think I'm probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi [Leonard]," Morris said in 2018.

An added bonus for the Clippers is getting Morris prevents him from going to the Lakers. The Lakers getting neither Morris nor Andre Iguodala at the trade deadline is a huge win for the Clippers.

Andrew Wiggins and D'Angelo Russell swap places

So much for waiting to see D'Angelo Russell and Stephen Curry play together.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Golden State Warriors have agreed to trade Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins.

It's been well known that the Warriors wanted to acquire Russell. Not only does he give them an All-Star calibre point guard, he's good friends with franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns.

The two should make for a dynamic duo offensively. Defensively? Not so much, but the Timberwolves will look to surround the two of them with more defensive-minded players.

The Warriors trading for Wiggins is ... interesting. Wiggins came out of the gates strong this season, but he's come back down to earth since, going from averaging 27.1 points per game in November to 19.2 points per game in January.

In theory, Wiggins will fill the role of Harrison Barnes and - gulp - Kevin Durant as the starting small forward in Golden State, making him a smoother fit than Russell moving forward. He has the potential to provide a scoring punch next to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green next season, but how will he adjust to being the third option on offence after being the second and sometimes first option in Minnesota?

The Warriors appear to be confident that they can tap into Wiggins' full potential. If they can, Wiggins adds an interesting dynamic to the Warriors.

The Andre Iguodala trade

We're still learning the full details of this trade.

What we know as of this writing: Iguodala is reportedly heading to Miami and he's signing a two-year, $30 million extension, the second year being a team option.

In return, the Grizzlies are reportedly getting Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters.

Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that the Heat will get Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill in addition to Iguodala.

It remains to be seen what sort of impact Iguodala can still make considering he's a 36-year-old who hasn't played basketball since June, but he gives the Heat another playmaker and defensive stopper next to Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic. His versatility on defence will come in handy in the playoffs, when the Heat could face talented forwards such as Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Pascal Siakam and Khris Middleton.

Even if he doesn't start in Miami, Iguodala is a seasoned veteran who can close games at either forward spot.

Of Crowder and Hill, Crowder has the most potential to make more of an impact in Miami. His efficiency is down this season, but he's a volume 3-point shooter who can play small forward and power forward. He also brings even more toughness to a team that has no shortage of it.

The big piece for the Grizzlies is Winslow. Although he's dealt with injuries this season, Winslow is a talented prospect on a team-friendly deal - he's making $13.0 million this season and each of the next two seasons, although he has a team option in his contract for 2021-22. His ability to play with and without the ball in his hands and guard multiple positions should make him a great fit alongside Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Plus, Winslow, 23, fits in perfectly with the team's core age-wise.

Considering the alternative was buying Iguodala out after free agency or letting him walk in free agency, the Grizzlies did well to get a real asset in return.

The Philadelphia 76ers add shooters

The 76ers have addressed a big need in acquiring Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks from the Golden State Warriors for a number of second-round draft picks.

As it stands now, the 76ers rank 21st in 3-point field goal percentage and 23rd in made 3s per game.

According to NBA.com, Burks has made 38.3 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3s this season. Robinson has been even better, knocking down 40.5 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3s, doing so in greater volume than Burks.

The two of them will help space the floor for Philadelphia's All-Stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Burks is a playmaker as well. He's been one of the league's more efficient pick-and-roll scorers this season, ranking in the 72nd percentile with 0.92 points per possession.

Even though Burks and Robinson could be unrestricted free agents this offseason, they give the 76ers some much-needed depth, as Philadelphia's bench ranks 28th in the league in scoring this season.

The largest trade in 20 years

Four teams. 12 players.

We haven't seen a trade this size since the New York Knicks sent Patrick Ewing to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2000.

The biggest names in this deal are Clint Capela and Robert Covington, who are now with the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets, respectively.

Let's start with the Rockets.

Trading their starting centre for the 6-foot-7 Covington is a fascinating move. They're going all-in on small ball, with their presumed starting lineup now being Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Danuel House, Covington and PJ Tucker.

Offensively, the Rockets are going to be a nightmare to stop because of the space Westbrook and Harden will now have to work with. Defensively is where it gets tricky, as the Rockets might have to go through the likes of Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis, Montrezl Harrell and Rudy Gobert in the playoffs.

As Ian Levy of Nylon Calculus discovered, Covington and Tucker don't exactly have a history of slowing down those types of players.

Will the risk be worth the reward? We'll find out, but it should be a fun ride.

As for the Hawks, Capela has the potential to fit like a glove next to Trae Young in Atlanta. He's been one of the best rollers and cutters in the league over the past few seasons, making him the ideal centre to pair with Young, who does the bulk of his damage in the pick-and-roll.

If the Hawks can surround the two of them with shooters at other positions, it's going to be incredibly difficult for teams to slow them down.

More importantly, the Hawks should have a better chance at slowing Capela down with him anchoring their defence. Not that he's a Gobert-type defender, but he's a solid rim protector who provides some switchability. It wouldn't be a shock to see the Hawks look respectable on defence again with him on the court.

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