2022 NBA Trade Deadline Grades
We’ll continue to update this list as all the consequential trades hit the timeline and answer the questions like: Who won the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade?
Jun 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) dribbles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter in game two of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Always one of the most frenetic (and fantastic) times on the NBA calendar, we really don’t need to remind you what the trade deadline represents.
Rather, our job is to hand out grades and evaluate the transactions front offices around the league have (reportedly) consummated—after putting their trade machines to good use—almost as quickly as they hit the timeline ahead of the 3 p.m. EST deadline Thursday afternoon.
Last week we laid out a number of candidates who were primed to be shipped out by their respective clubs, along with their best fits. And now that we’re seeing serious movement across the league days ahead of the deadline.
We’ll continue to update this list as all the consequential trades hit the timeline. Keep checking in as more transactions become finalized.
James Harden Traded to Philadelphia
Kristaps Porzingis Traded to Washington
Montrezl Harrel Traded to Charlotte
Derrick White Traded to Boston
Deal: Spurs traded Derrick White to Celtics for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, and protected 2022 first-round pick
Celtics Grade: A-
Spurs Grade: B+
The Celtics shipped out Dennis Schroder in another deal with the Rockets (to get back Daniel Theis) so Boston needed to address the void left by Schroder’s absence. It did a fine job landing the versatile Derrick White, who is signed through the 2024-25 season. As for the Spurs, the names in return aren’t sexy—I’ve always been a Josh Richardson fan and Langford was the 14th pick in the 2019 draft—but San Antonio most notable acquired another first-round pick (top-4 protected this year) in the upcoming draft. Is San Antonio the new Oklahoma City?