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Heat check: Did the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers or Milwaukee Bucks make the best move of the trade deadline?

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Nikola Mirotic, Marc Gasol, Tobias Harris [NBA Getty Images]

There were plenty of moves made around the league before Thursday's trade deadline came to a close.

If you missed any of the transactions, we had you covered with every finalized deal that went down.

Three of the top four teams in the East were extremely active in acquiring key pieces to make a push to win the conference. The Raptors brought in Marc Gasol, the 76ers traded for Tobias Harris and the Bucks added Nikola Mirotic.

Our NBA.com staff debated which move was the best of the three:

Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21): I've got to give Elton Brand and the Philadelphia 76ers credit where it's due. They went all in at the deadline and I'm pretty confident that it will pay off for them.

The NBA is a star-driven league, and with the acquisition of Tobias Harris, the Sixers now have four players that are capable of playing at an All-Star level - the defending-champion Warriors are probably the only team that can confidently say the same.

Philly beat that same team on the road just a week ago, and it did so before making a big splash.

Now add Harris, who is in the midst of a career year as he's averaging 20.9 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from deep. While it might take some time to get him acclimated to his new team, they should have their chemistry in order by the time the postseason rolls around.

When it comes down to winning a postseason series, you need guys that are capable of finding ways to make plays despite the other team's defensive game plans to stop them. With Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Harris and Ben Simmons each bringing a unique skill set to the offensive end, Philly will be a scary team to try and stop if it finds a way to gell in time.

James McKern (@jLmcKern): I did not see the 76ers pulling this one out and huge props to them for going all in before the deadline. But the Raptors were holding pocket aces and stole the pot by adding Marc Gasol to their roster.

Toronto's move to add Gasol bolsters their already impressive starting unit and while it may cause a few rotational changes, they'll only be better off as the playoffs approach. I keep going back and looking at the 76ers' move and comparing it to the Raptors and it's depth that stands out the most.

The Raptors starting five is incredibly impressive (Lowry-Green-Siakam-Kawhi-Gasol) and now they add Serge Ibaka to their second unit alongside Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby. Expecting them to be active and looking to add some more shooting prowess.

But the addition of Gasol gives the Raptors one of the games best passing big men who can also stretch the floor and open things up. Not to mention he's incredibly reliable in the clutch and will only help the Raptors push to claim the Eastern Conference throne.

Kyle Irving (@KyleIrv_): First, I just want to state the obvious that all three of these moves are fantastic for each team. But I am going to go with Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks.

As it is, I don't think the Bucks are getting the respect they deserve for how well they have been playing this season. This team is perfectly moulded to the playstyle of their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and this move to acquire Mirotic couldn't be a better fit.

Mirotic is averaging almost 17 points a game shooting a solid 36.8 percent clip from 3-point land. He's shooting 38.1 percent on catch-and-shoot threes and 40.0 percent on open threes and playing with Giannis is only going to increase his volume of those type of shots.

Between him, Brook Lopez (38.7 3P%) and Ersan Ilyasova (34.8 3P%) the Bucks will always have Antetokounmpo surrounded by bigs that can shoot the 3-ball. Oh, and his 8.3 rebounds per game already makes him the second-best rebounder on the team.

So while Harris and Gasol are great fits for their future destinations, I'm riding with Mirotic to the Bucks as my favourite deadline move.

Carlan Gay (@TheCarlanGay): I think the 76ers made the most intriguing move adding Tobias Harris, but the Toronto Raptors won the deadline. Losing Valanciunas will be felt by Raptors' fans but adding a vet like Marc Gasol, who's a low maintenance superstar is a huge plus.

The Raps will now have the ability to role out a very stingy defensive lineup with Gasol-Siakam-Kawhi-Green-Lowry on the floor. Offensively in close games where Toronto has struggled to get shots, they now have a playmaker who thrives in the halfcourt. Gasol can stretch the floor, score in the post and pass with the best of them. All those skills are something JV just didn't have at an elite level.

The 76ers trade probably has the higher ceiling, but the Raptors' move gives them what they've been missing late in games and another weapon in the postseason.

Now if Toronto can hit the buyout market and secure some more shooting they may be back in the Eastern Conference driver's seat.

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