Thursday, February 10, 2022

Celtics trade Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford and draft picks for guard Derrick White

The Celtics were very active ahead of Thursday's 3 PM NBA trade deadline, after acquiring combo guard Derrick White from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, their 2022 first-round pick and another first-rounder in 2028, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Per insider Zach Lowe, Boston's 2022 first round pick is top-4 protected, while the Spurs will have the right to swap first-round picks with the C's in 2028.

White is averaging 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists while shooting 42.6% from the field and 31.4% from three-point range. The 6-foot-4 guard will be under contract through the 2024-25 campaign, making $15.1 million this season and it increases every year -- ending at around $19 million in 2025.

Per Brian Robb of MassLive, the Celtics used the $17.1 million TPE created in the Evan Fournier sign-and-trade deal to absorb White's salary.

Meanwhile, Richardson, who signed an extension last summer for next season worth $12.1 million, is averaging 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists while shooting 44.3% from the field and 39.7% from deep in a reserve role. The Celtics will reportedly generate a $11.6 million exception with Richardson's outgoing salary for this season.

This was Brad Stevens' second trade of the day after dumping the salaries of PJ Dozier and Bol Bol in addition to cash and a future second round pick in exchange for a future second rounder from the Orlando Magic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move sends out around $4 million in salary to Orlando when the Celtics were about $800,000 above the tax line prior to the Richardson and Langford trade. This also leaves some flexibility in case Jaylen Brown still gets his $1.9 million All-Star bonus if he's chosen to replacement an injured player.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Associated Press

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