Recap Of 2018 NBA Draft-Day Trades

In a somewhat unusual development, not a single NBA veteran changed teams on Thursday night. While several trades were completed, all of those deals involved the rights to newly-drafted players, future draft picks, and/or cash.

Listed below are all the trades that were agreed upon at some point on Thursday. While most of these deals were made official during or after the draft, one won’t be finalized until June, which we noted below.

Here’s the full list:


  • Mavericks acquire the draft rights to Luka Doncic (No. 3 pick).
  • Hawks acquire the draft rights to Trae Young (No. 5 pick) and the Mavericks’ 2019 first-round pick (top-5 protected).


  • Suns acquire the draft rights to Mikal Bridges (No. 10 pick).
  • Sixers acquire the draft rights to Zhaire Smith (No. 16 pick) and the Heat’s 2021 first-round pick (unprotected).


  • Clippers acquire the draft rights to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 11 pick)
  • Hornets acquire the draft rights to Miles Bridges (No. 12 pick), the Cavaliers’ 2020 second-round pick, and the Clippers’ 2021 second-round pick.


  • Hornets acquire the draft rights to Devonte’ Graham (No. 34 pick).
  • Hawks acquire the Hornets’ 2019 second-round pick and the Hornets’ 2023 second-round pick.

Trail Blazers/Kings

  • Trail Blazers acquire the draft rights to Gary Trent Jr. (No. 37 pick).
  • Kings acquire either the Timberwolves’ or Lakers’ 2019 second-round pick (whichever is more favorable), the Heat’s 2021 second-round pick, and cash ($1.5MM).


  • Pistons acquire the draft rights to Khyri Thomas (No. 38 pick).
  • Sixers acquire the Pistons’ 2021 second-round pick and the Pistons’ 2023 second-round pick.


  • Nuggets acquire the draft rights to Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 41 pick).
  • Magic acquire the draft rights to Justin Jackson (No. 43 pick) and either the Nuggets’ or Wizards’ 2019 second-round pick (whichever is less favorable).
    • Note: The Nuggets’ 2019 second-round pick would be sent to Milwaukee if it falls between 56-60, in which case the Magic would receive the Wizards’ second-rounder.


  • Thunder acquire the draft rights to Hamidou Diallo (No. 45 pick).
  • Hornets acquire the Thunder’s 2019 second-round pick and cash.
  • Note: Trade won’t become official until the new league year, since No. 45 pick first has to be sent from Nets to Hornets.


  • Rockets acquire the draft rights to Vince Edwards (No. 52 pick).
  • Jazz acquire cash ($1.5MM).


Note: Two other trades involving 2018 draft picks were agreed upon prior to draft day. We have separate stories on those Lakers/Sixers and Nets/Hornets swaps.

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