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NBA Trade 2018-19: Moves That Almost Happened

Shubham Pant
ANALYST
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402   //    09 Feb 2019, 23:52 IST

Memphis Grizzlies almost traded their star guard Mike Conley Jr.
Memphis Grizzlies almost traded their star guard Mike Conley Jr.

So the trade deadline day has finally come to an end on February 7th 2019 and the NBA has finally taken a collective sigh as everyone's eyes are now firmly set on the off season. Still, there were a huge number of trades that went down this season that have already changed the landscape of the NBA this season.

Teams like Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers changed their rosters to be in contention for the NBA title starting this season itself rather than in the future. But there were also deals that were rumored to be in the works, but never reached fruition.

Let us have a look at the moves that almost happened in the 2018-19 NBA season.


5. Enes Kanter to the Sacramento Kings:

New York Knicks could have dealt Kanter this trade window
New York Knicks could have dealt Kanter this trade window

Enes Kanter has been one of the more polarizing stars off the court rather than on it. He had been playing really well for the Knicks to start the season, but once the Knicks' season started derailing, his playing time started dwindling, so much so that he stopped getting on the court altogether for the Knicks. He was averaging 15.9 points along with 12.2 rebounds per game in the month of November, before it all fell apart. Sacramento Kings had seemingly noticed.

The Kings were one of the feel good stories of the 2018-19 season and have been trending upwards all season. They were looking to get Kanter in as he will be able to provide some instant offense and rebounding ability to either replace or play alongside Willie Cauley Stein. They offered the expiring contract of Zach Randolph in order to get Kanter, but in the end, the deal failed to materialize and Kanter ended up as a Knick when the deadline ended. He has now been bought out and is free to join a title contender.

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