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Trading for Success  

In the ever-dynamic landscape of the NBA, player trades stand as pivotal moments that can redefine team dynamics, alter championship aspirations, and shape the league’s competitive narrative. As the 2024 NBA trade deadline approaches and NBA Finals are in near sight, teams begin to send players to the chop block. Some of the biggest trades in the 2024 season include James Harden, Pascal Siakam, and RJ Barret. 

 

  1. James Harden, LA Clippers  

James Harden (The Beard) has been known for his exceptional scoring prowess, playmaking ability, and veteran leadership. The 10x all-star has provided the Clippers with a formidable offensive weapon within himself to complement their existing roster of talent. With James averaging just under a double double with 17 ppg, 5 rebounds, and 8.6 assists, he has made the Clippers a force to be recon with. With already having a core of 3 NBA superstars in Paul George, Kawhi Leanard, and Russel Westbrook the Clippers sit in the number 3 position in the Western conference at 34-15. With the 15-year veteran the Clippers look to build on their resume with the NBA Finals coming up. With the blockbuster trade and adding to the roster of superstars, the Clippers hope to have a promising second half of the season leading into the NBA Finals.  

 

  1. Pascal Siakam, Indianapolis Pacers  

 The Pacers have been on the board recently with their big trade deal with the Toronto Raptors. The Pacers were able to land the 2019 NBA champion, Pascal Siakam. Siakam is known for his versatile skill set and defensive prowess, has been able to provide a significant boost to the Pacers’ front court, offering scoring, rebounding, and rim protection. His athleticism and ability to excel in transition could mesh well with the Pacers’ up-tempo style of play under head coach Rick Carlisle. The 2x NBA all-star has been a key factor for the Pacers, averaging 22.2 point per game, 6.5 rebounds, and 5 assists in the 2024 season giving a hand to the Pacers young star Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton has been on fire for the Pacers, averaging 22.5 point per game, 3.9 rebound, and 11.7 assists per game. The backcourt for the Pacers may be able to take the Pacers to the playoffs in hope for an NBA Finals appearance.  

 

  1. RJ Barrett, Toronto Raptors 

 The homecoming that the fans have been waiting for has come. The young star born in Toronto would undoubtedly resonate with fans, injecting renewed enthusiasm and support for the team. RJ Barrett was traded from the Knicks to the Raptors that included being traded for Og Anunoby. With the Raptors coming off a National Championship in 2019 they are in the process of rebuilding and finding that new it factor. With RJ Barrett’s ability to score, defend, and grow as a guard in the league, he still has plenty of room to grow and become the playmaker they are looking for. Averaging 19.3 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists, the Raptors are in high hopes that this trade will help navigate their way through the Eastern Conference and to the NBA Playoffs.