The 2021 NBA trade deadline is officially behind us. All in all, there were 17 deals made as over half the NBA took part in making a deal on deadline day.
Some deals were bigger than others. The Orlando Magic drew a lot of headlines, as they went into full-on sale mode, trading away Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier. No team was as busy as Orlando on this day.
The Denver Nuggets made two deals themselves, landing Gordon from Orlando and JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat all made multiple trades as well.
With the NBA adjusting their postseason to the top six seeds making the eight-team bracket and then seeds 7-10 taking part in a play-in tournament, there weren’t as many sellers this season as in years past. The Magic and Rockets were the only teams that were active as sellers.
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While not every team made a deal, sometimes that is a victory. Not making a trade is better than making a bad trade, which some of the deals agreed upon would be considered.
Who didn’t do well at this year’s deadline? Here are the four biggest losers of the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline.