Monday, March 20, 2023

NBA trade deadline: Celtics move Josh Richardson, first-round pick to Spurs for Derrick White, per report

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The Celtics and Spurs have made a deadline day move that will send Josh Richardson and a first-round pick to San Antonio and Derrick White to Boston, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. In addition, the Celtics will send Romeo Langford to the Spurs, per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes

After a slow start to the season, the Celtics have turned things around as of late. They’ve won six games in a row, and 13 of their last 17 to climb up into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. But despite the recent hot streak, the front office was clearly not content with the state of the roster. There’s been a sense since the start of the season that they needed more playmaking, which is why they’ve flipped Richardson for White, who is a better facilitator. 

The Spurs, meanwhile, continue to accumulate picks and young players for their rebuild. Earlier in the day they got a first-round pick from the Toronto Raptors in the Goran Dragic trade (though it’s possible that pick becomes two second rounders), and now they’ve got another one from the Celtics. They’ll also get a look at Langford, who has shown some flashes but has never been able to stay healthy. 

CBS Sports will continue updating this story. 

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