NBA Trade 2018-19: Ranking the best moves of the trade deadline day
The NBA 2018-19 trade window has come to an end and it has not been disappointing. It has delivered on most of the rumored deals and trade, except the hotly anticipated and conference shaking move of Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.
Still, let us review the best moves of the trade window of 2018-19 seasons.
#5 Mike Muscala to the Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers were bound to make a move for a player on deadline day, but instead of Anthony Davis, it turned to be Mike Muscala.
Los Angeles Lakers receive:
Mike Muscala (F)
Los Angeles Clippers receive:
Ivica Zubac (C) and Michael Beasley (F)
Muscala was acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers in a 6 player trade in which Tobias Harris ended up heading to the 76ers. The Clippers then managed to move Muscala to the Los Angeles Lakers, who are looking to compete and grab a playoff spot this season. Muscala is averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes this season and makes for a great stretch 4 that can shoot 3s as well.
The Los Angeles Clippers receive a budding star in Ivica Zubac, who is averaging career-highs in points (8.5), rebounds (4.9), field goal percentage (58%) and free-throw percentage (86.4%). It is surprising that the Lakers parted with him for so little but the Clippers must be happy to receive such a young star.
Beasley, is averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 49 percent from the field this season. He has been severely limited in his short span with the Lakers and will probably be waived by the Clippers to allow him to join a contender as he is a sparkplug on offense and can help out any team in need.