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NBA: Trade Deadline Review

As the dust settled on one of the most dramatic trade deadlines ever, the landscape of the league has shifted thanks to some huge moves.

Kyrie Irving's shock move to the Dallas Mavericks was just the start, as that set the scene for a blockbuster trade which sent Kevin Durant to Phoenix.

The Western Conference took a huge step up as the East took a step down, so let's look at the biggest moves and the impact they'll have on the postseason.

Suns seal blockbuster trade

Mat Ishbia may well have peaked as the Phoenix Suns' owner just hours after taking control of the franchise. He made the call to send Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder and four first-round picks to the Nets for Durant.

The Suns immediately leapt up in the betting for the championship, having moved to 4/1 To Win Outright the NBA Championship this season.

Phoenix are currently sixth in the Western Conference with a 30-27 record, but this move has completely changed their outlook this term.

Combining KD with Devin Booker and Chris Paul makes them a standout force in the west, while it also makes them the top destination for any players on the buyout market next week.

The Suns had to sacrifice depth and they've gone as all-in as they possibly could in terms of draft equity. However, they've added one of the best players in the league to the team which had the NBA's best record last term.

Phoenix at the very least now look to be the standout side in the west, having moved to 19/10 To Win Conference in the West.

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Bucks land key piece

One move which isn't getting a ton of buzz is the Milwaukee Bucks landing Crowder. The Nets rerouted him shortly after the KD trade, with the Bucks giving up multiple second-round picks along with Serge Ibaka, Jordan Nwora and George Hill.

Crowder hasn't featured all season after demanding a trade in October and he got it just hours before the deadline. His arrival in Milwaukee gives the Bucks the PJ Tucker replacement they've been searching for.

Tucker helped the Bucks to the title in 2021 but they didn't re-sign him, leaving a defensive gap which was exposed last season.

Crowder is the perfect fit at the 4 and he should help them improve on last term's second-round exit. He made the Finals in 2020 and 2021 and his Play-off experience should be crucial.

The Bucks are 21/10 To Win Conference NBA Eastern after this move, but there is the feeling this huge arrival has put them ahead of conference favourites the Boston Celtics.

Raptors go from sellers to buyers

The speculation around the Raptors' core felt never-ending in the last few weeks, with O.G. Anunoby, Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr and Pascal Siakam all seemingly being chased.

Toronto looked set to make a deal, especially with Trent Jr and VanVleet out of contract in the summer. However, the 26-30 Raptors - 10th in the Eastern Conference - bought at the deadline.

They brought back Jakob Poeltl from the San Antonio Spurs, a makeweight in the Kawhi Leonard deal in 2018.

This move appears to be a final lifeline for coach Nick Nurse. This team have underperformed this term, something he's pinned on a lack of rim protection. Having been handed everything he claims to need, he has two months to save his job.

The Raptors have an excellent defensive record when rookie rim protector Christian Koloko is on the court. Having added experience at centre, their price of 5/7 to win over 38.5 Games in Regular Season Wins - which requires them to triumph in 13 of their remaining 26 matches - looks good value.

Big moves in LA

Both LA teams were busy at the deadline, with the Lakers shaking off Russell Westbrook in a three-team trade. They got back D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt after shipping a 2027 pick to Utah alongside Westbrook.

Utah then sent experienced guard Mike Conley to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers later added Mo Bamba from the Magic, having traded for Rui Hachimura in January too.

They have built a better roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis and with just 2.5 games between them and 10th, they're 5/4 To Make Western Conference Play-In Tournament.

Across the city, the Clippers were also busy at the deadline. They got three trades over the line, adding Bones Hyland, Mason Plumlee and Eric Gordon.

Between the three deals, the Clippers only had to give up Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard and a handful of second-round picks.

They've added depth behind their big two as well, with the Clippers 3/1 to win the Pacific Division.

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