2022 NBA Trade Deadline Recap

The 2022 NBA trade deadline wasn’t as eventful as some previous deadlines – including last year’s – in terms of total deals made. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find many past deadlines that featured as many blockbuster trades as this year’s did.

While the Nets and Sixers stole the show by agreeing to a deal that sent James Harden and Ben Simmons to new teams, there were a slew of other noteworthy trades during the days leading up to the February 10 deadline, and on deadline day itself.

In total, 10 trades involving 33 NBA players (plus two more draft-and-stash players) were made on Thursday. Another six trades involving 24 different players (including two who were moved twice) were completed during the week before deadline day.

Here’s a recap all of 2022’s deadline deals:

Trades made on deadline day:

The Nets and Sixers complete the trade of the year (story)

  • Sixers acquire James Harden and Paul Millsap.
  • Nets acquire Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, the Sixers’ 2022 first-round pick (unprotected), and the Sixers’ 2027 first-round pick (top-eight protected).
  • Note: The Nets reportedly have the option to defer the 2022 first-round pick to 2023.

The Mavericks cash out on Kristaps Porzingis (story)

The Celtics secure a potential long-term answer at point guard (story)

  • Celtics acquire Derrick White.
  • Spurs acquire Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, the Celtics’ 2022 first-round pick (top-four protected), and the right to swap 2028 first-round picks with the Celtics (top-one protected).

The Celtics reacquire their former starting center (story)

The Kings, Pistons, Clippers, and Bucks complete the season’s only four-team trade (story)

The Hornets make an upgrade at center (story)

The Raptors find a taker for Goran Dragic‘s expiring contract (story)

  • Raptors acquire Thaddeus Young, Drew Eubanks, and either the Pistons’ or Bulls’ 2022 second-round pick (whichever is more favorable).
  • Spurs acquire Goran Dragic and the Raptors’ 2022 first-round pick (top-14 protected).

The Suns reacquire a wing defender (story)

The Suns add more backcourt depth (story)

The Celtics sneak below the luxury tax line (story)

  • Magic acquire Bol Bol, PJ Dozier, the Celtics’ 2028 second-round pick (top-45 protected), and cash.
  • Celtics acquire the Magic’s 2023 second-round pick (top-55 protected).

Notable trade candidates who stayed put:

Players waived on deadline day:

Note: Players marked with an asterisk (*) have been sidelined with long-term injuries.

Note: Enes Freedom is also reportedly being waived by the Rockets, but it hasn’t officially happened yet.

Trades made in the week leading up to the deadline:

The Pacers swap a two-time All-Star for a possible future All-Star (story)

The Trail Blazers kick off their retooling process (story)

The Trail Blazers bid farewell to a longtime backcourt fixture (story)

The Trail Blazers’ retooling continues; the Jazz take a low-risk gamble (story)

The Cavaliers shore up their wing depth (story)

  • Cavaliers acquire Caris LeVert and the Heat’s 2022 second-round pick.
  • Pacers acquire Ricky Rubio, the Cavaliers’ 2022 first-round pick (top-14 protected), the Rockets’ 2022 second-round pick, and the Jazz’s 2027 second-round pick.

The Heat and Thunder complete a minor move (story)

  • Thunder acquire KZ Okpala and amended terms of a first-round pick owed to them by the Heat.
  • Heat acquire either the Thunder’s, Mavericks’, or Sixers’ 2026 second-round pick (whichever is least favorable).
  • Note: The Heat previously owed the Thunder their 2023 first-round pick (top-14 protected). They now owe their 2025 first-round pick (top-14 protected).
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