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NBA - US Sports: Five under-the-radar moves this summer

05 August 2022 04:30:07 EST
The NBA trade market has been very busy as teams look to strengthen

There have been some big moves in the NBA this summer, with Rudy Gobert, Dejounte Murray, Malcolm Brogdon and Jerami Grant all joining new teams.

There are some massive trades that could still be completed as both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are still looking for a way out of Brooklyn Nets, while Donovan Mitchell is still expected to leave Utah Jazz before the new campaign gets under way.

Understandably, the rumours surrounding Durant and Irving have dominated the headlines and that means a few deals have slipped under the radar - so we've rounded up a few of the more intriguing trades that have not attracted too much attention.

Malik Beasley and Patrick Beverley - Minnesota Timberwolves to Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz may have lost three-time Defensive Player of the Year Gobert to Minnesota Timberwolves, but they managed to get some decent players in return for the Frenchman.

Minnesota sent Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, the draft rights to Walker Kessler, four future first-round picks and a pick swap to the Jazz to bring in Gobert - and the arrivals of Beverley and Beasley should help Utah cope as they face a rebuild.

Beverley is an elite defender and, perhaps more important, a great leader - which is just what the Jazz need as they prepare for life without long-serving coach Quinn Snyder, Gobert and in all likelihood Mitchell.

Beasley also has plenty of experience and should fit into their rotation well, particularly if fellow shooting guard Mitchell does move on.

Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks - New York Knicks to Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons have been one of the more active teams in the trade window and the captures of Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks from New York Knicks in exchange for the draft rights to Nikola Radicevic and a 2025 protected second-round pick looks like a good move.

Center Noels arrives after two seasons in New York and he managed 64 appearances, 41 starts, in his first season - averaging 6.4 rebounds-per-game and a career-high 2.2 blocks in the regular season.

The 28-year-old was less involved last year, but should still fit into the Detroit rotation in the campaign ahead as the Pistons plan to challenge for the postseason spots.

Juancho Hernangomez - Free Agent to Toronto Raptors

Spanish forward Juancho Hernangomez recently made the move into acting as he starred alongside Adam Sandler in 'Hustle', a basketball move where Sandler plays an NBA scout who discovers an unknown talent, Bo Cruz, played by Hernangomez.

The 26-year-old has spent six years in the NBA but has never been able to establish himself in a team. Hernangomez spent three full seasons with Denver Nuggets and was involved in their rotation before a spell with Minnesota.

Last season, the Spaniard played 40 games in total for three different teams - Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz.

There were some encouraging signs from his spell with the Jazz, where he started nine of his 17 appearances, as he averaged 6.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks on 50.7% shooting in 17.5 minutes.

Hernangomez has agreed a one-year deal with Toronto in what is a low risk move for the Raptors.

The Canadian team already have some quality forwards, but Hernangomez's solid displays at Utah - despite an unsettled season - suggests he can make an impact from the bench and potentially even challenge for a starting place.

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Goran Dragic - Free Agent to Chicago Bulls

Slovenian guard Goran Dragic is perhaps best known for his time with Miami Heat and he has now joined Chicago Bulls after splitting last season between Toronto and Brooklyn.

At 36 Dragic is unlikely to challenge for a starting spot in Chicago, but he does provide valuable experience and cover from the bench.

Guards Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso all struggled with injury issues at various stages last term and Dragic is a player who should be able to slot in whenever required by the Bulls - so signing the veteran looks a shrewd move for the team.

Daniel Theis - Boston Celtics to Indiana Pacers

Boston Celtics sent Daniel Theis, Nik Stauskas, Aaron Nesmith, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and a 2023 first-round pick to Indiana for Malcolm Brogdon.

Losing Brogdon is a blow for the Pacers, but Theis should provide quality cover at center as they continue their own rebuild.

Indiana did attempt to sign center Deandre Ayton from Phoenix Suns earlier this summer and a quality center is required if they are to establish themselves as serious contenders in the East.

Theis may not be that player, but he could well challenge for a starting spot in the season ahead regardless.

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