The 2016 NBA Draft was held last night at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn and some of the biggest amateur ballers were selected to join and mold the future of the league. Even before the first name was called Thursday night, though, franchises across the league were already busy carving the future of their teams.
Only a few days into the offseason, trades in the league have been fascinating to see. For starters, on Wednesday, a couple of big deals went down.
The first featured a three-way trade between the Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, and Atlanta Hawks. The Pacers and Hawks swapped point guards: Indiana sent George Hill to Atlanta in return for Jeff Teague, while Atlanta also received the 12th overall pick in the 2016 Draft from Utah.
Wednesday's second monumental deal saw Derrick Rose, the injury-prone 2011 NBA MVP, sent from the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks in addition to shooting guard Justin Holiday and Chicago's second round pick in the 2017 Draft. The Knicks, in return, shipped center Robin Lopez and point guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Bulls. Rose, who has been troubled by injury over his last few seasons, has an opportunity to be one of the cornerstone players on a Knicks team thirsty for another star to aid Carmelo Anthony and up-and-coming Kristaps Porzingis.
Draft Day saw eleven total trades go down, with one particularly glaring transaction.
The Orlando Magic dealt guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova, and the 11th overall pick in the 2016 Draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder in return for power forward Serge Ibaka. The deal was led to questions by Magic fans -- Orlando dealt away what many perceive as a young, budding scorer in Oladipo in return for a Ibaka, an established veteran who carries concerns relating to his impact on the court.
Nevertheless, if these first few days are any indication of the 2016's offseason, buckle up and be prepared for a hectic NBA summer.