Five Key Stories: 2/2/20 – 2/8/20

If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:

The Grizzlies finally found a taker for Andre Iguodala as the NBA’s trade deadline arrived this week. The veteran forward, who hasn’t played since the Warriors sent him to Memphis over the summer in a cost-cutting move, was shipped to Miami for Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and James Johnson, but not the first-round pick the Grizzlies had been insisting they wanted in return.

The Rockets, Timberwolves, Hawks and Nuggets put together this season’s largest trade, with 12 players changing teams. The biggest names involved were Robert Covington, who went from Minnesota to Houston, and Clint Capela, whom the Rockets sent to Atlanta.

The Wolves added a player they’ve been chasing since the offseason by trading Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors for D’Angelo Russell. In addition to providing a long-term solution at point guard, Russell is a close friend of franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns, who expressed frustration this week with the team’s frequent losing.

The Clippers added an important piece for the postseason by acquiring veteran forward Marcus Morris from the Knicks in a three-team deal. The Clippers outbid their cross-town rivals, as the Lakers refused to include Kyle Kuzma in their final offer.

The Cavaliers picked up Andre Drummond from the Pistons in exchange for a pair of expiring contracts and a second-round pick. Drummond has indicated that he will opt in to his $28.75MM salary for next season, giving Cleveland a potential All-Star in the middle.

Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:

  • The Knicks fired team president Steve Mills and hired player agent Leon Rose as head of basketball operations. Despite rumors that the franchise was expected to pursue Raptors executive Masai Ujiri, there was pessimism that the move was possible without a huge price tag.
  • Owner James Dolan issued a statement that he won’t sell the Knicks. Dolan has become unpopular with fans during a string of losing seasons, and there was a loud “Sell the team!” chant at the end of a recent loss.
  • Dillon Brooks received a contract extension from the Grizzlies. The move wraps up Brooks, who would have been a restricted free agent this summer, for the next three seasons.
  • Former Pacers guard Darren Collison is nearing a decision on whether to return to the NBA. The Lakers and Clippers are considered to be the favorites to sign him.
  • The Suns listened to offers for Kelly Oubre before the deadline. Although no deal was made, it’s surprising that Oubre’s name was leaked as a potential trade target.
  • As the top vote-getters, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo held their draft for the All-Star Game. Lakers teammate Anthony Davis was James’ first pick, and Antetokounmpo followed by taking Joel Embiid.
  • Participants were also announced for the 3-point and slam dunk contests, along with the skills challenge.
  • The Wizards don’t expect John Wall to play this season, general manager Tommy Sheppard confirmed.
  • The Hawks waived Chandler Parsons, who suffered serious injuries in a car accident last month.
  • RJ Hampton left his Australian team and returned to the United States to get ready for the draft.

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