It’s here! NBA Trade Deadline day is
tomorrow, finally today! So many teams, so many moves! For the Toronto Raptors, it’s been an up and down season, but the team seems pretty firmly in the “up” phase right now, meaning they should buyers, if anything, at this trade deadline.
And look! They have a nice little asset — Goran Dragic and his expiring $18 million contract — to sell. Of course, by deciding to leave the team earlier this year, Dragic tanked his value for the team and anyone that actually wants him can just wait until he’s inevitably bought out in a couple of weeks. But, if teams are looking to shed salary — and Raptors GM Bobby Webster made it clear recently that the Raps were open to taking on salary beyond this season — Dragic should be a good chip.
We’ll be tracking all the deals around the NBA right here in our open thread. To get you warmed up, don’t miss the following:
- Daniel Hackett’s Raptors salary cap primer
- Hackett’s trade target speculation
- More under the radar trade targets from Ryan Friend
Now, the ever-impatient NBA didn’t bother waiting for deadline day, so let’s get into ti!
NBA Trade Deadline Open Thread
Friday, February 4
6:00 p.m. — The guy the Raptors traded last trade deadline, Norman Powell, got things moving this year! Powell will be reunited with old teammate Serge Ibaka in LA; the Portland Trail Blazers are trading Powell and Robert Covington to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a second round pick.
Gut reaction: This gives the Blazers a little more flexibility to build around Damian Lillard, but it really seems to help the Clippers — Powell will help them this year and next, when (presumably) Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be healthy. — Josh Kern
Monday, February 7
11:00 a.m. — The Cleveland Cavaliers have been a surprise team this year, hanging around the top of the Eastern Conference, and they had the injured Ricky Rubio’s contract to dangle as sellers. And the Indiana Pacers bought! The Pacers acquire Rubio’s contract and a 2022 first-round pick, along with two seconds, and the Cavs get a scoring boost with Caris LeVert. They also get a second round pick.
Gut reaction: If the Cavs can get a real player like LeVert for Rubio, surely the Raptors can get something for Dragic? Also, kudos to the Cavs for going for it. — Josh Kern
Tuesday, February 8
11:00 a.m. — The Blazers are at it again! They’re trading half of their longtime backcourt duo, CJ McCollum, to the Pelicans. Here's the full deal:
- New Orleans gets CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., and Tony Snell.
- Portland gets Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, a 2022 first-round pick and two second-round picks.
Gut reaction: Wow, Portland is really cleaning house! But I’m still not sure what the actual plan is to build around Dame. Also, I like the fit of CJ with Zion, but I don’t think that’s gonna be enough to convince Zion to stick around (you know, if he ever plays again). — Josh Kern
1:30 p.m. — The Pacers are also at it again! They’ve finally chopped their two-headed centre rotation in half, sending Domantas Sabonis to the Sacramento Kings for Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Indiana gets Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson.
- Sacramento gets Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and a 2023 second-round pick.
Gut reaction: Myles Turner plus Haliburton and Hield? Pretty solid! I really like Sabonis but I’m not sure giving up Haliburton will be worth it. — Josh Kern
Wednesday, February 9
12:00 p.m. — Michael Grange of Sportsnet is reporting that the San Antonio Spurs aren’t interested in trading Jakob Poeltl for what the Raptors are selling, and that the Raptors aren’t interested in buying Evan Fournier from the New York Knicks.
The Raptors were rebuffed when they inquired about Jakob Poeltl and don't see Evan Fournier as a fit as trade deadline approaches: https://t.co/F5JXYIB8hD— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) February 9, 2022
2:30 p.m. — Woj has broken the news that the Utah Jazz are breaking up with Joe Ingles! As part of a three-way deal, the Jazz, Spurs and Blazers moving a few bodies around.
The Utah Jazz are acquiring guard Portland’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker and the Spurs’ Juancho Hernangomez in a three-way deal, sources tell ESPN. The Spurs gets guard Tomas Satoransky and a second-round pick, and the Blazers get Joe Ingles, Elijah Hughes and a second-round pick.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 9, 2022
- Portland gets: Joe Ingles (expiring contract), Elijah Hughes, and a second round pick.
- Utah gets: Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Juancho Hernangomez.
- San Antonio gets Tomas Satoransky and a second-round pick.
Gut reaction: Ingles is hurt and will be a free agent, and he’s an institution in Utah, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him end up back there this summer. NAW and Hernangomez should fill his shoes for what Utah hopes will be a deep playoff run this year. As for the Blazers… I just don’t know. — Josh Kern
6:00 p.m. — The Miami Heat are trading KZ Okpala to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a 2026 second round pick. Miami’s also gets its 2023 first round pick (owed to the Thunder back), and instead gets Miami’s 2025 first round pick.
Gut reaction: Sam Presti acquiring a player, and not just a draft pick?? Why I never.
Thursday, February 10
The big day is finally here! After their bench scored a mere 15 points last night before garbage time, the case is strong for Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster to add depth to this Raptors roster. Is there a deal out there? We’ll find out soon enough!
9:00 a.m. — The Atlantic division drama remains high! Not from the Raptors, but from the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers.
ESPN Sources: Although Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden wants a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers, he has resisted making that formal request out of fear of the public backlash that would come with asking out of a second franchise in consecutive seasons. https://t.co/My5XljBlI1— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022
The NBA remains the best and the worst at the same time.
Harden and LaMarcus Aldridge did not accompany the Nets to Washington for tonight's game; they stayed behind to work with the Nets performance coaches instead, team tells ESPN. https://t.co/LaEHn295ZF— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 10, 2022
It seems inevitable at this point that a deal gets made here, right?
11:45 a.m. — The Detroit Pistons, Kings, Milwaukee Bucks and the Clippers are teaming up in a four-way trade, according to Woj and Shams. They’re still sorting out the details but it looks like Serge Ibaka is going to the Bucks! So much for the Norm-Serge reunion.
ESPN Sources:— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022
Full trade participants:
Kings: Donte DiVincenzo, Trey Lyles and Josh Jackson.
Bucks: Serge Ibaka, two future second-round picks, cash.
Clippers: Rodney Hood, Semi Ojele.
Pistons: Marvin Bagley Jr.
12:00 p.m. — It’s here! It’s happening!
The Toronto Raptors are trading Goran Dragic to the San Antonio Spurs for Thad Young, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 10, 2022
This isn’t the grand slam deal we might have been hoping for, but Thad Young certainly fits the Raptors’ profile. He’s long and versatile and, of course, 6’8”.
If you're leaning into what you already do well, Thad is an excellent fit. Veteran, smart, versatile, excellent secondary playmaker, comfortable off bench.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) February 10, 2022
Also no contract term, get Bird rights, get extra tax wiggle room.
Shams broke the full deal here:
Sources: Full Spurs-Raptors deal:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 10, 2022
Raptors: Thad Young, Drew Eubanks, 2022 Pistons second-rounder
Spurs: Goran Dragic, Toronto 2022 first-rounder (protected 1-14, protected 1-13 in 2023, turning into future seconds)
Gut reaction: Thad is a great pick up who fits what the Raptors do, is by all accounts a great teammate, and won’t take minutes away from the core — he simply moves Yuta Watanabe and Svi Mykhailiuk down a spot in the rotation. He’s a free agent after this year, so giving up a this year’s first-rounder hurts (the Raptors will more than likely make the playoffs, meaning the pick will convey). And the team still doesn’t have a backup point guard. But if the choice was Thad Young or letting Dragic walk for nothing? Thad all the way. — Josh Kern
12:30 p.m. — The Boston Celtics have entered cost-savings mode, and are trading PJ Dozier and the very tall Bol Bol to the Magic for, essentially, nothing, per Woj:
The Celtics are trading PJ Dozier and Bol Bol, a future second and cash to the Magic for a future second-round pick, sources tell ESPN. Dozier and Bol are both out for the season. Cost-savings for Boston.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022
That deal naturally puts the Magic over the roster limit, so they’ll be waiving E’Twaun Moore, per Chris Haynes.
Orlando Magic will waive guard E’Twaun Moore, league sources tell @YahooSports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 10, 2022
Gut reaction: Feels like Moore might be a solid fit on the Raptors? Or maybe that’s just my PTSD from seeing him drop approximately 72,000 floaters against the Raps over the past five years. — Josh Kern
1:30 p.m. — Whoa, the big one is actually going down! The Brooklyn Nets are trading James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two draft picks.
BREAKING: The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing trade sending James Harden for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and draft picks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 10, 2022
Per Woj, the draft picks are an unprotected first rounder this year, and a protected first rounder in 2027.
The Sixers are sending the Nets an unprotected 2022 first-round pick and a protected 2027 first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022
Gut reaction: As noted this morning, this all felt inevitable. I’m not sure who wins, though. I think, if Simmons can get into game shape, Kevin Durant can get healthy, and Kyrie Irving can play in enough games, Brooklyn has a really solid, balanced roster. (And honestly KD is just so good regardless). But a Harden-Embiid pick-and-roll might be the deadliest thing ever. I guess ultimately, it’s Simmons and Harden who won, since both of them wanted out. — Josh Kern
2:00 p.m. — Maybe I was wrong about the Celtics shedding cost? They’re acquiring Derrick White (and his four-year $70 million contract) from the Spurs for Josh Richardson, per Shams.
The Boston Celtics are trading Josh Richardson to the San Antonio Spurs for Derrick White, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 10, 2022
Gut reaction: Derrick White is good! Not sure about his fit in Boston, or what their cap sheet is like, but, I like the pickup. — Josh Kern
2:15 p.m. — The Pacers are still active! They’re sending Torrey Craig for the very promising Jalen Smith, plus a second-rounder.
The Pacers are finalizing a trade to send F Torrey Craig to the Suns for Jalen Smith and a future second-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022
Gut reaction: The Pacers are surrounding Myles Turner with good young talent. Good for them! — Josh Kern
2:20 p.m. — The deals are coming fast now! The Washington Wizards are trading Montrezl Harrell to the Charlotte Hornets for Vernon Carey and Ish Smith.
Charlotte is acquiring Washington center Montrezl Harrell for Vernon Carey and Ish Smith, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022
Gut reaction: I don’t know that this makes either team better, but Trez is gonna love playing with LaMelo Ball, that's for sure. — Josh Kern
2:40 p.m. — Oh, another big one! The Wizards are cleaning house!! They’re sending Spencer Dinwiddie to the Dallas Mavericks for... Kristaps Porzingis? OK! Sure!
The Mavericks are trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Wizards for a packaged centered on Spencer Dinwiddie, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022
Davis Bertans is heading to Dallas as well, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Gut reaction: I don’t know what this deal is about, but I’m fine with exiling Porzingis to the basketball wasteland that is Washington DC. — Josh Kern
2:59 p.m. — Wow, the final gun was pretty disappointing! Only one last minute deal snuck in, an uninspired Rockets-Celtics trade that sees Daniel Theis return to Boston.
The Boston Celtics are trading Dennis Schroder to the Houston Rockets in package for Daniel Theis, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 10, 2022
Along with Schroder, the Rockets will also get Enes Freedom Kanter and Bruno Fernando from Boston.
Houston gets Enes Freedom and Bruno Fernando in the deal too, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022
Gut reaction: I don’t know, man, I’m tired. — Josh Kern
More to come...
That’s it! Trade deadline day is over, the deals are done, Dragic is on his way to Texas, and the Raptors are one Thad stronger. Go take a nap before the Raptors-Rockets game!