Winners & Losers of the 2023 NBA Trade Deadline

The Suns & Mavs boosted their chances at an NBA while the Nets & Grizzlies watched their odds shrink. We picked the winners and losers of the trade deadline.

LeBron James celebrates passing Kareem Abdul Jabbar for the all time NBA scoring record

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LeBron James celebrates passing Kareem Abdul Jabbar for the all time NBA scoring record

Even during the NFL’s biggest week of the season, the NBA has stolen the headlines. This year’s trade deadline was initially expected to be one the quietest transaction periods we’ve seen in recent years with the most sought after player being OG Anunoby. That all quickly changed when Kyrie Irving demanded a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. With Kyrie’s swift departure, all attention pivoted to Kevin Durant as there was uncertainty about his future in Brooklyn. In the late hours of last night we received our answer as KD was traded to the Phoenix Suns, his preferred destination last summer, to officially send the trade deadline to new heights. Of course prior to that, KD’s former co-star Russell Westbrook was dealt from the Lakers to the Jazz as a part of a three-team deal with the Lakers, Jazz,  and Timberwolves.

The trade deadline has been chaotic to say the least. From the shocking “Woj Bombs” and thrilling Shams updates to the many deals that didn’t go down, the NBA never disappoints with drama. Some teams like the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks elevated their chances at the Larry O’Brien trophy in June while others like the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies watched their odds shrink. 

With that being said, we picked the winners and losers from the 2023 NBA trade deadline. 

Los Angles Lakers - WINNERS

General manager Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Brooklyn Nets - LOSERS

Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets warms up before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers

Los Angeles Clippers - WINNERS

Steve Ballmer, left, looks on at his new players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard

Toronto Raptors - LOSERS

Masai Ujiri presenting Scottie Barnes with the Rookie of the Year

Dallas Mavericks - WINNERS

Kyrie Irving of the Dallas Mavericks at Crypto Arena

Russell Westbrook - LOSER

Russell Westbrook against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 15

Gary Payton II - WINNER

Gary Payton II after the Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals

Memphis Grizzlies - LOSERS

Ja Morant is pictured during a game

Phoenix Suns - WINNERS

Kevin Durant

Miami Heat - LOSERS

Jimmy Butler Eastern Conference Finals

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