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?

Ben Simmons Philadelphia Playoffs 2021
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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

Ben Simmons Philadelphia Playoffs 2021

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

James Harden Nets Suns 2022

Kristaps Porzingis Traded to Washington

Kristaps Porzingis Dunk Mavs Raptors 2022

Montrezl Harrel Traded to Charlotte

Montrezl Harrell Hornets Wizards 2021

Derrick White Traded to Boston

Derrick White Spurs Rockets 2022

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?

Marvin Bagley III Traded to Detroit in 4-Team Deal

Marvin Bagley III Kings Cavs 2022

Thaddeus Young Traded to Toronto

Thad Young Spurs Nuggets 2021

Domantas Sabonis Traded to Sacramento

Domantas Sabonis Celtics Pacers 2022

CJ McCollum Traded to New Orleans

CJ McCollum Blazers Magic 2017

Caris LeVert Traded to Cleveland

Caris LeVert Pacers Cavs 2021

Norman Powell and Robert Covington Traded to Los Angeles

Norman Powell Blazers Rockets 2022

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