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NBA power rankings: Where do Lakers, Bucks stand after trade deadline?

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What was supposed to be a sleepy trade deadline quickly ratcheted up in the final hours before the deals stopped at 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 6. Andrew Wiggins was a Warrior after the deadline, Marcus Morris went to Los Angeles and a former Finals MVP found his way to Miami. Perhaps no superstar was traded, but the wheels in motion still generated a whirlwind of rumors, grades and reactions throughout the weekend. The dust is now settled, and it’s time to take stock of the league before the All-Star break.

As we take a deep breath after the trade deadline, let’s dive into The Crossover’s power rankings with notes on all 30 teams.

30. Warriors – Welp, the Warriors made their gamble. Golden State shipped D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota on Thursday, receiving Andrew Wiggins, a top-three protected 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick. The draft equity is nice, and Minnesota’s pick could have value in a deep draft. It’s hard to see Minnesota as a bottom-three team. They’re an iffy playoff bet at best. Still, Wiggins’ value will swing the deal. Detractors say Golden State did the Timberwolves a favor, taking on an onerous contract for a losing player. I’m not so convinced. The Warriors will be the best situation of Wiggins’ career (obviously) and the outline of a quality contributor is present. Wiggins may never be an All-Star, but he could very well be a starting piece on a playoff team. If it doesn’t work, he’ll likely be flipped again in the summer of 2021.

29. Cavaliers – We’ll hold on discussing the Andre Drummond acquisition for a later date. What’s going to happen to Tristan Thompson? He seems intent on avoiding a buyout, which is frankly a shame for a slate of potential playoff heavyweights. He’d be a marked upgrade for the Celtics as well as the Heat, and the Rockets would surely be in hot pursuit even given their small-ball devotion. Thompson played a huge role in Cleveland’s 2016 Finals victory. Let’s hope to see him in a new uniform by March 1.

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