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)
- Ben Simmons
- Seth Curry
- Andre Drummond
- 2021 First-round pick (unprotected)
- 2027 First-round pick (protected)
- James Harden
- Paul Millsap
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)
- Kristaps Porzingis
- Second-round pick
- Spencer Dinwiddie
- Davis Bertans
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)
- Tyrese Haliburton
- Buddy Hield
- Tristan Thompson
- 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)
- 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)
- Serge Ibaka
- Two future second-round picks
- Cash considerations
- Marvin Bagley
- Donte DiVincenzo
- Trey Lyles
- Josh Jackson
- 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)
- Montrezl Harrell
- 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)
- Daniel Theis
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.
- Josh Richardson
- Romeo Langford
- 2028 first-round pick swap rights
- Derrick White
- First-round pick (protected)
Raptors and Spurs swap Goran Dragic, Thaddeus Young (Feb. 10)
- Goran Dragic
- Toronto’s 2022 first-round pick (protected)
- 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)
- 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)
- Caris LeVert
- Miami’s 2022 second-round pick
- 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)
- Torrey Craig
- 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.