The NBA trade deadline has come and gone now and with it, we saw plenty of teams make some big moves to try and solidify their playoff spots this year and we saw some teams “clean house” and begin their rebuild process.
One of the biggest trades and one of the biggest storylines at the NBA trade deadline this year was the Orlando Magic trading Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls and have a “garage sale” of a NBA trade deadline. The Magic did not just deal Vucevic, but they traded Evan Fournier to the Celtics and Aaron Gordon to the Nuggets.
In return for all of the deals they made, the Magic ended up with Gary Harris, R.J. Hampton, Jeff Teague (waived), Wendell Carter Jr, Otto Porter Jr, three future first-round picks and two future second-round picks.
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After not seeing themselves going anywhere, the Magic now enter what they hope is a short and painless rebuild process, but the Celtics, Bulls and Nuggets were definitely winners of the NBA trade deadline as they stayed aggressive as “buyers,” adding onto their talent to potentially make a playoff push.
Some teams however were very quiet and while they could have been aggressive in their pursuit to add more talent, they did not end up making any moves which could come back to hurt them. With that said, let’s take a look at four teams who will regret not being “buyers” at the NBA trade deadline this year.