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)
- Wizards acquire Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks’ 2022 second-round pick (top-45 protected).
- Mavericks acquire Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.
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)
- Celtics acquire Daniel Theis.
- Rockets acquire Dennis Schröder, Bruno Fernando, and Enes Freedom.
The Kings, Pistons, Clippers, and Bucks complete the season’s only four-team trade (story)
- Kings acquire Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Jackson, Trey Lyles, and the draft rights to David Michineau.
- Pistons acquire Marvin Bagley III.
- Clippers acquire Rodney Hood, Semi Ojeleye, and the draft rights to Vanja Marinkovic.
- Bucks acquire Serge Ibaka, either the Warriors’ or Cavaliers’ 2023 second-round pick (whichever is less favorable; from Pistons), the Kings’ 2024 second-round pick (from Pistons), and cash (from Clippers).
The Hornets make an upgrade at center (story)
- Hornets acquire Montrezl Harrell.
- Wizards acquire Ish Smith, Vernon Carey, and the Celtics’ 2023 second-round pick (top-45 protected).
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)
- Suns acquire Torrey Craig.
- Pacers acquire Jalen Smith and the Suns’ 2022 second-round pick.
The Suns add more backcourt depth (story)
- Suns acquire Aaron Holiday.
- Wizards acquire cash.
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:
- Jerami Grant, Pistons (story)
- Myles Turner, Pacers
- John Collins, Hawks
- Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes, Kings
- Talen Horton-Tucker and Russell Westbrook, Lakers
- Eric Gordon and John Wall, Rockets
- Kemba Walker and Alec Burks, Knicks
- Terrence Ross and Gary Harris, Magic
Players waived on deadline day:
- D.J. Augustin, Rockets (story)
- DeAndre’ Bembry, Nets (story)
- Armoni Brooks, Rockets (story)
- Moses Brown, Mavericks (story)
- Michael Carter-Williams, Magic (story) *
- PJ Dozier, Magic (story) *
- Drew Eubanks, Raptors (story)
- E’Twaun Moore, Magic (story) *
- Abdel Nader, Suns (story) *
- Jahmi’us Ramsey, Kings (story)
- Robert Woodard, Kings (story)
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)
- Kings acquire Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb, and the Pacers’ 2023 second-round pick (56-60 protected).
- Pacers acquire Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson.
The Trail Blazers kick off their retooling process (story)
- Clippers acquire Norman Powell and Robert Covington.
- Trail Blazers acquire Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson, and the Pistons’ 2025 second-round pick.
The Trail Blazers bid farewell to a longtime backcourt fixture (story)
- Pelicans acquire CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., and Tony Snell.
- Trail Blazers acquire Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, the Pelicans’ 2022 first-round pick (top-four protected and 15-30 protected), either the Pelicans’ or Trail Blazers’ 2026 second-round pick (whichever is more favorable), and the Pelicans’ 2027 second-round pick.
- Note: The Pelicans had previously acquired the Trail Blazers’ 2026 second-round pick.
The Trail Blazers’ retooling continues; the Jazz take a low-risk gamble (story)
- Jazz acquire Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Juan Hernangomez.
- Spurs acquire Tomas Satoransky and either the Thunder’s, Rockets’, Pacers’, or Heat’s 2027 second-round pick (whichever is least favorable; from Jazz).
- Trail Blazers acquire Joe Ingles, Elijah Hughes, and the Grizzlies’ 2022 second-round pick (from Jazz).
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).
17 thoughts on “2022 NBA Trade Deadline Recap”
Very nice coverage and wrap-up as usual, guys! Now take a well-deserved break.
Top 2 winners
1. Ben Simmons
2. Winner: Warriors – A showdown with the Suns feels imminent.
Top 3 losers
Not sure how Ben is a winner in this. He gave up close to 200mil in salary(he will never get back) going to a team with championship aspirations(currently sitting in a play-in game spot). If u are saying he won because he got out of Philly then add harden to the winner for getting out of BRK
Ben Simmons will get most of if not all of his money back in arbitration on top of getting out Philly.
Lol. Not a chance
no way in heck he’s getting that money back
Agreed on Mavs. No idea what they were thinking with that deal. If they were just looking to dump Porzingas, you’d think they would have traded for guys who could either A) make them a better team or B) have short/expiring deals. Instead, neither Dinwiddie or Bertans are any good and only Dinwiddie is on a short-ish deal (year after next is partially guaranteed). Just a trainwreck of a deal for the Mavs.
Biggest winner is Morey and it’s not close
Seen something about Nets trying to get Turner.
Think he would be a perfect fit with Simmons there now. I’d give up the two first the Sixers sent and then to salary match Joe Harris and Nic Claxton.
Obviously can’t happen now cause of the deadline. But would be a decent deal for both sides.
Imagine Irving Curry Simmons KD Turner and bench of Mills Thomas Brown Aldridge Drummond.
What about Blake griffin?
I think Griffin could be a really good fit with Simmons but currently he’s probably behind James Johnson and Lamarcus Aldridge.
Great work HR
I like how the Bulls stood pat.. for now. They lack size, but didn’t panic.
Curry was a salary filler, brutal on defense ,not a starting player in this league and a rim clunker when asked to be a volume shooter. Simmons is in fear of this game and will be on the bench at crunch time. Thanks Brooklyn for the piece jojo needed, top 5 future hof the BEARD.
Rockets keeping Wall and EG, is disappointing to both players. So many guards and they dropped DJ and Brooks for guys who barely average 8 minutes per game combined. Not to mention, two under sized Centers at 6’10. If this is what us fans expect from Stone, might as well rename the team to Houston Scrubs. Sheez
Maybe I am a bit harsh on calling them undersized with their height. Weight 240 and 255 respectively. They just don’t have the grit to help space the floor. I have no idea what Stone was thinking by adding those two centers. One averages 3 minutes per game and another under 2 minutes per game. How does this replace a guy like Brooks who was having an above average season. One of the few bright spots on the current roster. Maybe Stone forgot his hard hat in the morning. Maybe Familia needs to hire him a short bus with his personal driver after that trade! It’s literally the Good, the Bad, and the Horrible in that Theis trade.