Embiid, Draymond, McCollum, LaVine and NBA Stars React to 2021 NBA Trade Deadline

There was no shortage of reactions from notable NBA stars as a whirlwind of blockbuster deals happened before the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline.

Draymond Green and Joel Embiid reacted to the blockbuster moves that happened during the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Draymond Green and Joel Embiid reacted to the blockbuster moves that happened during the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

With ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania going back and forth in announcing player movements before the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline, the people also witnessed mixed reactions from some of the most notable names in the league. There were sentimental tweets coming from former teammates, and of course there were also the usual surprised reactions.

You can see all the trades that happened here. For now, let’s take a look at some of the best trade deadline reactions from a number of NBA figures and stars.

Magic ships Vucevic to the Bulls

Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls

LaVine is not exactly an active user in Twitter, but he did let people know how big of a deal the Nikola Vucevic move was. Vucevic, one of the most underrated stars in the last few years, gives the Chicago Bulls another All-Star caliber player.

Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic

If there is an award for the best tweets today, there’s no doubt that Ross is way above his peers. The Magic traded away their key players in Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier, but for some reason, they kept Ross in their roster. The 30-year old Ross is now one of the veterans in the team as the Magic heads towards a rebuilding stage.

The Clippers and the Hawks swapped back-up point guards before the trade deadline. (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Clippers and the Hawks swapped back-up point guards before the trade deadline. (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE/Getty Images)

Rondo, Williams swap teams

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

Draymond is obviously exaggerating here, but the Rajon Rondo addition will bring experience and stability to the Los Angeles Clippers’ backcourt. It won’t come as a surprise if Rondo joins stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in closing out games for the Clips.

Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers

The Lou Williams trade was quite a surprise for many, including Clippers forward Marcus Morris. Williams now travels to the East Coast to play for the Atlanta Hawks, a team for which he previously played from 2012-2014.

Jamal Crawford

Norman Powell will now suit up for the Portland Trail Blazers. (Photo via The Athletic)

Norman Powell will now suit up for the Portland Trail Blazers. (Photo via The Athletic)

Portland acquires Norman Powell from Toronto

CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers may have missed out on trading for Aaron Gordon, but they got a borderline star-talent in Norman Powell. However, they also had to part ways with an up-and-coming 3-and-D stalwart in Gary Trent Jr., as well as veteran scorer Rodney Hood.

McCollum expressed his gratitude to his now-former teammates by mentioning them on their tweets and posting these heartfelt photos.

Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers

Aaron Gordon is now headed to the Denver Nuggets. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Aaron Gordon is now headed to the Denver Nuggets. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nuggets trade for Aaron Gordon

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets

Gordon is not yet an All-Star, but his ability to do almost everything on both offense and defense will bode well for the Nuggets’ campaign this season. But they also had to let go shooting guard Gary Harris, who has been Jamal Murray’s backcourt partner for a long time.

Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets

George Karl, former Nuggets coach

Embiid shows support to former teammate

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Embiid hasn’t played with Tony Bradley for that long, but he already knows that the young center has what it takes to be good frontcourt player in the league. The Sixers moved Bradley to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for veteran point guard George Hill, and Embiid was quick to show his support to his former teammate.

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