By: Ashley Conley
It’s that time of year again; The NBA trade deadline (Feb. 23 at 3 p.m.) is rapidly approaching and fans/players are experiencing all sorts of emotions.
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas tweeted a single emoji and Boston fans have no clue what it means. Could he be on his way out of Beantown, or was he just causing a ruckus?
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) February 21, 2017
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) February 21, 2017
A day later, Pistons center Andre Drummond tweeted the same single emoji as Isaiah Thomas, stirring things up even more. Is a major Boston-Detroit trade in the works?
I’m not going to believe any of these #Pistons trade rumors unless Isaiah Thomas and Andre Drummond validate them with emoji eyes.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) February 21, 2017
Following the All-Star game on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins. While some fans were pleased with the trade thanks to Cousins’ recent behavioral issues, others were upset about what the team got in return.
The Kings sent Cousins and forward Omri Casppi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and one future first-round and second-round draft pick. Cousins, a three-time NBA All-Star, averages more than 27 PPG and 10 RPG (a double-double). Was this a good trade? You do the math.
Sacramento Kings fans reaction to the DeMarcus Cousins trade. pic.twitter.com/9UJSfcL0C2
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) February 20, 2017
The Sacramento Kings are the Cleveland Browns of the NBA after that DeMarcus Cousins trade.
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) February 21, 2017
Kings traded Demarcus for a free Big Mac coupon and some pokemon cards. I think the Sacramento Kings dont even like basketball #CousinsTrade
— Baltimore RAS (@BaltimoreRAS) February 20, 2017
Some fans are just hoping and praying for their team to acquire an elite player prior to the trade deadline without having to give away the face of the franchise. For Celtics fans, Carmelo Anthony (a nine-time All-Star), is on their radar.
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) February 21, 2017
The Celtics even followed Anthony on Instagram, adding fuel to the fire.
Isaiah Thomas tweeted “👀” then the Celtics just started following Carmelo Anthony on Instagram…
— NYK Insider (@NykInsider) February 21, 2017
Breaking: Boston Celtics have agreed to a trade for Carmelo Anthony in exchange for people to stop believing everything they read on Twitter
— WORLD STAR FANS (@WorIdStarComedy) February 21, 2017
Lakers fans are also quite hopeful of acquiring some additional talent in Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler or Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George. However, fans don’t even know how to feel after rumors swirled that young guns Brandon Ingram and D’Angelo Russell, among others, could be on the way out in exchange.
Lakers are refusing to part with Russell & Ingram. Making it very difficult to find a solid trade with CHI or ANY team. Still in discussion.
— Mike Adamle (@TheMikeAdamle) February 20, 2017
Do the Lakers not realize Jimmy Butler is better than Russell + everybody they can get in this draft? You gotta take that deal
— Maliik (@Obee1ne) February 21, 2017
If the Lakers trade for Jimmy Butler or Paul George without giving up D’Angelo or Brandon Ingram, I’ll be the happiest man alive
— De’Andre Thomas (@deandrethomass) February 21, 2017
The week leading up to the trade deadline (and especially the last day) is quite possibly the most exciting part of the NBA season, minus the Finals. Some fans live for this drama, others can’t stand the unknown, but most fans can certainly agree that it’s entertaining.
The NBA trade deadline has already been better than All-Star Weekend.
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) February 20, 2017
FYI NBA trade deadline is 2pm CST Thursday. That last hour is what Twitter was made for. Always look forward to it.
— Ted Davis (@nbated) February 22, 2017
No one does the trade deadline like the NBA #emojifest
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) February 22, 2017
Sit down and buckle up, because it’s Trade Deadline Eve and it’s about to get crazy!
Cover Image: thebiglead.com
Ashley Conley is a senior journalism student at WVU. She aspires to become a writer or reporter in the sports industry upon graduation. You can follow her on Twitter @ashleyconleyyy.