NBA Trade Deadline: Outlining 8 sensible trades for deadline day

New Orleans Pelicans Brandon Ingram (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Kyle Lowry
Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /

Blockbuster 3-team trade 

Bulls send: Wendell Carter Jr., Cristiano Felicio, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr., Tomas Satoransky, Patrick Williams, Coby White, future first-round pick(s)

Bulls receive: Steven Adams, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Lowry

Pelicans send: Steven Adams, Brandon Ingram

Pelicans receive: Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr., Patrick Williams, future 1st round pick(s)

Raptors send: Kyle Lowry

Raptors receive: Wendell Carter Jr., Cristiano Felicio, Tomas Satoransky, Coby White

Whew, I know this one’s a lot to take in:

Chicago finally picks a direction here, consolidating all of their young prospects into a Zach LaVine-Brandon Ingram core – with a veteran cast of Kyle Lowry, Thaddeus “Thadgic” Young, and Steven Adams.

New Orleans reimagines its roster around Zion Williamson, as Lauri Markkanen provides a (theoretical) stretch element, while Williams is an very intriguing cost-controlled wing. Removing Adams’ salary from the books would be very helpful, too.

Toronto, losers of nine-straight and teetering on the brink, closes the Kyle Lowry-era by sending him to Chicago and picking up two former number-seven picks with pedigree in Wendell Carter and Coby White.