Winners and losers from the NBA trade deadline

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone. Boy, was it an active period around the Association filled with drama and intrigue. It pretty much started off when the Sacramento Kings shocked the basketball world by sending DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans.

This came immediately after Cousins himself took part in the All-Star Game in New Orleans, which acted as a nice little backdrop to one of the biggest trades in recent NBA history.

Then, as the week played out, other contending teams were busy making moves to improve their standing. This came at the same time that Magic Johnson became the biggest power player in Los Angeles, ultimately dealing super-sub Lou Williams mere hours after taking over as the Lakers’ president.

These are among the biggest stories from the NBA trade deadline. But who came out on top in these deals? Who showed themselves to be amateurs going up against top-level front offices?

Here’s a look at the biggest winners and losers from the NBA trade deadline.