The long-rumored James Harden-Ben Simmons trade between the Nets and 76ers is now a reality. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Biggest Moves of the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline

The NBA Trade Deadline is here. From James Harden and Ben Simmons to CJ McCollum to Tyrese Haliburton to Domantas Sabonis, Boardroom tracks the standout names on the move across the Association.

We’ve arrived at that annual tradition that lays bare who’s ready to go for glory and who’s more inclined to pack it in and declare that next year’s their year: the NBA Trade Deadline.

While will-they-or-won’t-they murmurs echo across the Association, we’ve seen more than a few moves that adjust the balance of power in some important ways as All-Star Weekend approaches and the race for the playoffs takes shape, from the long-awaited James Harden-Ben Simmons trade to big names like Domantas Sabonis, CJ McCollum, Serge Ibaka and beyond.

Boardroom has you covered on all the key NBA Trade Deadline deals as they happen. Let’s get into it.

Nets and 76ers swap James Harden, Ben Simmons (Feb. 10)

Nets get:

  • Ben Simmons
  • Seth Curry
  • Andre Drummond
  • 2021 First-round pick (unprotected)
  • 2027 First-round pick (protected)

76ers get:

And there it is. For months, we’ve heard hypothetical trade scenarios to get Ben Simmons out of Philly. We heard rumblings about whether one of the Nets’ superstars would end up leaving. Today, we have our answer.

The underrated takeaway here? Two different first-round picks heading to Brooklyn.

Mavericks and Wizards swap Kristaps Porzingis, Spencer Dinwiddie (Feb. 10)

Wizards get:

Mavericks get:

The Kristaps Porzingis-Luka Dončić pairing is no more. The Mavericks’ first season under Jason Kidd won’t look the same at the end as it did at the start, with KP now heading to the nation’s capital to pick up slack for the injured Bradley Beal. Meanwhile, the NBA’s foremost cryptocurrency enthusiast gets a run in Big D.

Kings and Pacers swap Haliburton, Sabonis (Feb. 8)

Pacers get:

  • Tyrese Haliburton
  • Buddy Hield
  • Tristan Thompson

Kings get:

  • Domantas Sabonis
  • Jeremy Lamb
  • Justin Holiday
  • 2027 second-round pick

The Pacers broke up the band. In this era of small ball and 3-point barrages, the duo of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis is no more, with the latter now headed to the Kings. But that’s not the biggest story here — headed from Sacramento to Indianapolis is Haliburton, the 21-year-old combo guard who quickly emerged as one of the true standouts of the 2020 NBA Draft class thanks to his efficiency as a shooter and passer.

CJ McCollum to the Pelicans (Feb. 8)

Pelicans get:

  • CJ McCollum
  • Larry Nance Jr.
  • Tony Snell

Trail Blazers get:

  • Josh Hart
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker
  • Didi Louzada
  • Tomas Satoransky
  • 2022 first-round pick (protected)
  • Two second-round picks

Speaking of breaking up the band, the other shoe finally dropped in Portland. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, one of the most fun and most recognizable guard duos in the NBA, are no longer teammates. Instead, Josh Hart comes over from New Orleans along with rotation players and three total picks, while CJ gets a fresh start with a Pelicans team still wondering what they can truly expect from injured franchise star Zion Williamson.

Four-team deal sends Serge Ibaka to Bucks, Marvin Bagley to Pistons (Feb. 10)

Bucks get:

  • Serge Ibaka
  • Two future second-round picks
  • Cash considerations

Pistons get:

  • Marvin Bagley

Kings get:

  • Donte DiVincenzo
  • Trey Lyles
  • Josh Jackson

Clippers get:

  • Rodney Hood
  • Semi Ojele

The defending champs broke through by daring to go big. Now, Mike Budenholzer and the Bucks have another giant to roll out there in Serge Ibaka, himself an NBA champ with the Raptors three years ago.

Elsewhere, the tipping point finally came for Marvin Bagley Jr. in Sacramento. He now gets a chance to hit the reset button in Detroit.

Montrezl Harrell to the Hornets (Feb. 10)

Hornets get:

  • Montrezl Harrell

Wizards get:

  • Ish Smith
  • Vernon Carey

The Wizards were busy right up until the end. In addition to getting off of the Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans contracts, they can close the book on Montrezl Harrell as well.

Rockets and Celtics swap Dennis Schroder, Daniel Theis (Feb. 10)

Celtics get:

  • Daniel Theis

Rockets get:

On a day of player reunions with former teams, Daniel Theis is a Boston Celtic once again. Heading down to Houston is a package highlighted by Dennis Schroder, who didn’t manage to fit in as desired with Ime Udoka’s team.

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Celtics and Spurs swap Josh Richardson, Derrick White (Feb. 10)

Spurs get:

Celtics get:

  • Derrick White
  • First-round pick (protected)
Raptors and Spurs swap Goran Dragic, Thaddeus Young (Feb. 10)

Spurs get:

  • Goran Dragic
  • Toronto’s 2022 first-round pick (protected)

Raptors get:

  • Thaddeus Young
  • Drew Eubanks
  • Detroit’s 2022 second-round pick

Did you realize that Goran Dragic was actually drafted by the Spurs back in 2008? The team ended up dealing his draft rights to Phoenix for Malik Hairston, but nearly 14 entire years later, the dalliance between the Slovenian and San Antonio comes full circle.

However, the latest Woj buzz suggests that Dragic is a buyout candidate and won’t be plying his trade for Coach Pop for any meaningful amount of time.

Blazers and Clippers swap Norman Powell, Eric Bledsoe (Feb. 4)

Clippers get:

  • Norman Powell
  • Robert Covington

Trail Blazers get:

  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Keon Johnson
  • Justise Winslow
  • Second-round pick

Relegated to a bench role in his second stint with the Clippers, Eric Bledsoe now joins Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker among the backcourt group set to succeed CJ McCollum in Portland. In exchange, LA gets a package highlighted by Norman Powell, who’s shot above 40% from long range so far this season.

Caris Levert to the Cavaliers (Feb. 6)

Cavaliers get:

  • Caris LeVert
  • Miami’s 2022 second-round pick

Pacers get:

  • Ricky Rubio
  • 2022 first-round pick (lprotected)
  • Houston’s 2022 second-round pick (via Houston)
  • Utah’s 2027 second-round pick (via Utah)

Rick Carlisle’s Pacers get Ricky Rubio’s veteran touch, while Caris Levert joins a surprising Cavaliers team that already sits an impressive fourth in the East as of this writing.

Pacers and Suns swap Torrey Craig, Jalen Smith (Feb. 10)

Suns get:

  • Torrey Craig

Pacers get:

  • Jalen Smith
  • Second-round pick

The Suns have their eyes on a first-ever NBA championship, while Torrey Craig won’t be getting starter’s minutes at the Footprint Center in his return to Phoenix, where he spent the back half of 2020-21, he’s pacing for career bests in shooting, 3-point percentage, and free throw percentage this season.

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