The busy 2022 NBA Trade Deadline has now come and gone. By now, you’ve probably seen endless spots of analysis in written, audio, and video formats everywhere. But not everyone has time to read/listen to/watch all of that. Not everyone has time to write paragraphs upon paragraphs about it all. For me, it’s the time that kills, certainly not the lack of words or thoughts.
So a bite-sized solution is here to capture my opinions and very quick analysis. “Tweet-sized” reactions to every deal that was made on or around the deadline. That means, instead of yammering and rationalizing each deal and subsequent impact, I’m going to react in 280 characters or less; that the size of a single tweet. Novel idea right? Sure, but not quite as novel as some of these deals.
Here are some chronological thoughts on the deals that developed over the course of the week:
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Clippers steal Powell and Covington from Blazers.
Clippers get: Normal Powell and Robert Covington.
Trail Blazers get: Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson, and a 2025 second-round pick (via Pistons).
Almost a week later, I’m still scratching my head on how the Clippers stole these guys from Portland, who seem intent on flipping their roster. It’s an expensive move, but the Clips are clearly making a run at the playoffs (and maybe hoping to ignite returns from PG and Kawhi?).Tweet
LeVert goes to Cleveland.
Cavaliers get: Caris LeVert and a 2022 second-round pick.
Pacers get: Ricky Rubio, a protected 2022 first-round draft pick, and two 2022 second-round picks via Houston and Utah.
The Cavs probably needed some additional scoring to validate themselves as quasi-contenders in the East. Even though his points come sporadically, LeVert fits the bill. The Pacers take on Rubio’s expiring contract (and broken body) as they start their rebuild.Tweet
McCollum gets shipped to NOLA.
Pelicans get: CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., and Tony Snell.
Trail Blazers get: Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, a protected 2022 first-round pick and two future second-round picks.
Even though it spells the end of the Dame-CJ Era, I do love this deal for the Pels, who suddenly find themselves sniffing a playoff spot. Their roster (minus Zion) looks very intriguing now. Some draft capital for Portland, who are clearly hitting the reset button.Tweet
Sabonis and Haliburton headline multi-player swap between two underachieving teams.
Kings get: Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday and a protected 2023 second-round pick.
Pacers get: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson.
Love this deal for both sides. Sabonis and Haliburton seemed beloved among teammates and insiders. Sabonis/Fox form a new 1-2 punch in Sactown, while Haliburton/Hield become instant starters in Indy (and free up Myles Turner as the long term and exclusive big man on campus).Tweet
Blazers, Spurs and Jazz trade spare parts.
Trail Blazers get: Joe Ingles, Elijah Hughes and a second-round pick.
Spurs get: Tomas Satoransky and a 2027 second-round pick.
Jazz get: Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Juancho Hernangomez.
Alexander-Walker and Satoransky were both acquired, then shipped out almost immediately by the Blazers in the same day. NAW and Hernangomez give the Jazz some depth after the Joe Ingles injury (torn ACL) and subsequent departure.Tweet
Heat move KZ Okpala to Oklahoma City. Wait, who?
Thunder get: KZ Okpala.
Heat get: A 2026 second-round pick.
If anyone has picks to spare on a third year power forward who’s played in exactly 63 NBA games and averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds, it’s the Thunder. According to John Hollinger, there is some draft pick impact here for the Heat.Tweet
Here’s a loaded four-teamer featuring the Pistons, Clippers, Kings, and Bucks.
Pistons get: Marvin Bagley III.
Clippers get: Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye.
Kings get: Donte DiVencenzo, Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles.
Bucks get: Serge Ibaka, two future second-round picks and cash.
A lot to unpack here. Hope that Bagley finds more usage and unlocks full potential in Detroit. Clips get bench depth. Kings get three potential rotation guys and can evaluate long-term fit. Bucks get a battle-tested veteran big for a playoff run in the now-tougher East.Tweet
Raptors rid themselves of Dragic contract, add veteran depth in Thad Young.
Raptors get: Thad Young, Drew Eubanks and a 2022 second-round pick via Detroit.
Spurs get: Goran Dragic and a protected 2022 first-round pick.
Raps save $5M in swapping Dragic (who hasn’t played in three months) for Young, with the pick being only a slight cost. It would have been cool to see them bring back Jakob Poeltl. But Thad can still ball, he’s versatile, and ready to go (joining a team that’s won 8 of 9).Tweet
Magic help Celtics cut costs.
Magic get: Bol Bol, PJ Dozier, a future second-round pick and cash.
Celtics get: Future second-round pick.
Both Dozier and Bol are out for the year, so this is nothing more than some financial relief for the C’s. Boring.Tweet
Welcome to the painful, eventual Simmons-Harden megadeal.
76ers get: James Harden and Paul Millsap.
Nets get: Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks.
I’m skeptical that 32-year old James Harden was worth that package. That said, I do like how it reshapes each roster. I’m certain that Harden will now have some extra “pep.” Meanwhile, Simmons will be brought along slowly, which his not the solution for an 11-game losing streak.Tweet
Celtics, Spurs swap rotation guys.
Celtics get: Derrick White.
Spurs get: Josh Richardson.
Very clean cut deal here, which is rare these days. Celtics get a point guard that adds to their recent defensive revolution, while the Spurs get a 3-and D veteran wingman. The Celtics seems to be positioning themselves.Tweet
Wizards begin the tear Down, get stacks of cash for Aaron Holiday.
Suns get: Aaron Holiday.
Wizards get: Cash.
Suns add guard depth, while the Wizards add roster and cap space. I’m unsure of exactly how much cash was involved, but I’m guessing it was less than Elon Musk’s net worth.Tweet
The tear down continues as Wizards unload Harrell.
Hornets get: Montrezl Harrell.
Wizards get: Vernon Carey and Ish Smith.
The Wiz dump Harrell after half a season. This is a great get for Charlotte, as he’s a valuable, contributing big man (14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds), who can step in to start or provide energy off the bench. Bringing in Carey and Smith likely signal a white flag on their season…Tweet
… BAH GOD, THAT’S KRISTAPS PORZINGIS’ MUSIC!
Mavericks get: Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.
Wizards get: Kristaps Porzingis and a second-round pick.
Does adding Porzingis mean the Wiz are not folding? Nah, they’re still folding, sort of. Chasing a play-in spot is a pipe dream with Beal out for the year, so this is a future play (though KP is owed $70M over the next two years). Dallas adds (expensive) depth for the playoffs.Tweet
Theis goes back to Boston.
Celtics get: Daniel Theis.
Rockets get: Dennis Schroder, Enes Freedom and Bruno Fernando.
It’s funny, for a team on a 7-game win streak and trying to say out of the play-in range, the Celtics sure are making some fundamental changes to their roster. Brad Stevens has been to peg during this deadline.Tweet