With the trade season on its way, keep tabs on NBA trades with the NBA trade tracker. As the NBA Finals wrap up this week, we will be on the verge of the off-season, starting with the NBA Draft next week. There should be plenty of action amongst teams leading up to the draft, on draft night, and after the draft. We have already seen a few examples of that, including between the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. Free agency is also right around the corner, so it should be a busy few months. Check out all of the trades in the 2022 off-season below to see which players or picks your team is getting and what our Lineups.com experts think of them!
Minnesota Timberwolves & Charlotte Hornets (June 23rd, 2022)
Timberwolves Receive: Two future second-rounders
Hornets Receive: No. 40 pick (Bryce McGowens)
Analysis and Grade: I feel like there is still a ton of value in the 40s and Minnesota decided to trade out for two future second-rounders. This is huge for Charlotte; it gets a young scorer in the vein of Kevin Martin in the second round. That is fantastic value. Minnesota did land two seconds in the future, but it still could have used a player like that on its roster next season.
Timberwolves Grade: B-
Hornets Grade: A-
Memphis Grizzlies & San Antonio Spurs (June 23rd, 2022)
Grizzlies Receive: No. 38 pick (Kennedy Chandler)
Spurs Receive: Future Second-Rounder and Cash Considerations
Analysis and Grade: There is so much value still on the board for San Antonio to grab and a future Memphis second-rounder is not really going to help its cause. This was an opportunity to take a high-flier on a guy like Josh Minott or a player of that caliber; instead, the Spurs traded the rights to Kennedy Chandler, who could be the backup for Memphis as soon as next year. The Grizzlies made a fantastic move here, but I am skeptical of this play from San Antonio.
Grizzlies Grade: A
Spurs Grade: C-
Minnesota Timberwolves & Houston Rockets (via Dallas Mavericks) (June 23rd, 2022)
Timberwolves Receive: No. 26 (Wendell Moore)
Rockets Receive: No. 29 pick (TyTy Washington), two future second-rounders
Analysis and Grade: The Rockets have cleaned up in this draft, grabbing Jabari Smith Jr, Tari Eason, and now, TyTy Washington. They were able to move off the No. 26 pick, grab two future second-rounders, and still get their guy. Minnesota may have given up a bit too much here.
Timberwolves Grade: B-
Rockets Grade: A+
Memphis Grizzlies & Philadelphia 76ers (June 23rd, 2022)
Grizzles Receive: David Roddy, Danny Green
76ers Receive: De’Anthony Melton
Analysis and Grade: Melton is one of the most reliable backup guards in the NBA on both ends of the floor and Philly merely gave up the 23rd pick in this year’s draft, which it has outwardly said it does not want, and Danny Green, whose prime was years ago. This is a huge move from the Sixers; they are in win-now mode and Melton can give them an efficient player on both ends of the floor. I like David Roddy’s upside, but he is undersized and I’m not sure what role he will play with Memphis from the jump. Only time will tell whether this is a good move for Memphis.
Grizzlies Grade: C+
76ers Grade: A
Memphis Grizzlies & Minnesota Timberwolves (June 23rd, 2022)
Grizzles Receive: Jake LaRavia
Timberwolves Receive: Grizzles’ No. 22 and No. 29
Analysis and Grade: This is one of those few trades where both teams win. Memphis gets a huge win-now player in Jake LaRavia, who I have been super high on for months. The Grizzlies did not need both of those picks and packaging them only made sense. Meanwhile, Minnesota was able to grab two first-rounder this year and who knows what it will try to do with those!
Grizzlies Grade: A
Timberwolves Grade: A
Detroit Pistons & New York Knicks & Charlotte Hornets (June 23rd, 2022)
Pistons Receive: Jalen Duren, Kemba Walker (buyout)
Hornets Receive: 2023 Second-Rounder (via New York), 2024 Second-Rounder (via New York), 2023 First-Rounder (from Denver via Oklahoma City and New York), 2023 Second-Rounder (via Utah), 2023 Second-Rounder (favorable between Dallas and Miami)
Knicks Receive: 2025 First-Rounder (via Milwaukee)
Analysis and Grade: The Detroit Pistons were able to off-load Jerami Grant’s contract and grab a 2025 first-rounder via Milwaukee, which I was initially underwhelmed by; however, the Pistons somehow flipped the first-rounder into Jalen Duren, which is absolutely massive. The Pistons surpassed all of my expectations in this draft considering they also snagged Jaden Ivey.
Meanwhile, Charlotte was able to maximize its position at No. 13 to grab Duren and dangle him in front of Detroit, knowing that Cleveland wouldn’t take Mark Williams at No. 14. Now, the Hornets have Mark Williams (15th pick) and were able to make a three-team deal for Duren. A huge success.
Pistons Grade: A++
Hornets Grade: A
Knicks Grade: B+
New York Knicks & Oklahoma City Thunder (June 23rd, 2022)
Knicks Receive: 2023 protected first-rounder (via Detroit), 2023 protected first-rounder (via Washington), 2023 protected first-rounder (via Denver)
Thunder Receive: No. 11 pick (Ousmane Dieng)
Analysis and Grade: Oklahoma City expanded its haul by adding the No. 11 pick, who was Ousmane Dieng. OKC didn’t have to give up its 12th pick either, which is absolutely huge; instead, it gave up two future first-rounders, which the Thunder have in a bountiful amount. Dieng is a long-term project, but if he works out, the Thunder will look brilliant.
New York was unable to trade up for Jaden Ivey with the fourth pick and thus, not interested in any players at No. 11. I like this move for the Knicks because it’s better to grab more draft capital in the future than to pick someone they don’t like.
Knicks Grade: A
Thunder Grade: B-
Los Angeles Lakers & Orlando Magic (June 23rd, 2022)
Lakers Receive: 2022 No. 35 overall pick
Magic Receive: Future second-rounder and cash considerations
Analysis and Grade: I like this trade for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers need to win now and adding the No. 35 pick may not seem like a big deal, but it gives them one more chance to grab a contributor, preferably a shooter; this becomes especially important if Kyrie Irving does decide to join LeBron James in LA again! I believe there’s some solid talent between 20-40, and Los Angeles clearly feels the same way. If you’re a Lakers fan, you should feel great about this move.
Orlando doesn’t need to have too many cooks in the kitchen; it already has the first overall pick and the No. 32 pick in this year’s draft. The Magic are filled with young talent that still needs to develop and unless they are intent on moving some of those guys, it doesn’t make sense to keep all three draft picks. It’s possible that Orlando doesn’t even keep No. 32, but only time will tell.
Lakers Grade: A-
Magic Grade: B-
Portland Trail Blazers & Detroit Pistons (June 22nd, 2022)
Trail Blazers Receive: Jerami Grant, 2022 Second-Round Pick Swap (No. 46)
Pistons Receive: Milwaukee 2025 First-Round Pick, 2025 Second-Round Pick, 2022 Second-Round Pick Swap (No. 36)
Analysis and Grade: Portland merely gave up Milwaukee’s 2025 first-rounder, a 2025 second-rounder, and a second-round pick swap this year to pull in Jerami Grant, who has averaged 20.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game over the past two seasons. This is an incredible haul given the fact that it still has the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft. Now, the Blazers could be looking to move the No. 7 pick for a player like John Collins or O.G. Anunoby. Anunoby has been mentioned in trade rumors surrounding Portland for a while, so that would not shock me to see it grab him too. If the Blazers come out of this with O.G. Anunoby and Jerami Grant while only giving up Milwaukee’s 2025 first-rounder, the No. 7 pick, and a 2025 second-rounder, that would be borderline exceptional work from the front office.
Detroit was certainly hoping to get a better return for Grant than just a 2025 first-rounder (from Milwaukee, a team that should still be a powerhouse at that point), a 2025 second-rounder, and a second-round pick swap this year. Still, this move at least gives the Pistons some cap space to work with in free agency, and there have been certain rumors that they may go after Deandre Ayton and offer him the max. If they successfully pry him from Phoenix, this will have been worth it; however, there may be other suitors and the Suns can always just match the offer. Long story short: this trade will look quite a bit worse if the Pistons don’t make any splashes in free agency.
Trail Blazers Grade: A
Pistons Grade: B-
Houston Rockets & Dallas Mavericks (June 15th, 2022)
Mavericks Receive: Christian Wood
Rockets Receive: Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, 2022 No. 26 overall pick.
Analysis and Grade: I’m not really sure what Houston is doing with this trade. Boban won’t crack the rotation with Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba, and the No. 3 overall pick likely getting tick ahead of him. I think the same can be said about Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke, and Sterling Brown with the other young Rockets players, who will almost certainly see the floor ahead of them. Perhaps, they are snagging a few tradeable pieces and the No. 26 overall pick (to pair with the No. 17 overall pick) to try and move up into the top ten. I can’t give a firm grade on Houston until I know the “end game” with this one. It makes sense to move on from Christian Wood, but the Rockets got a questionable return.
Dallas seemed to come out on top in this trade by bringing in Christian Wood, who has had back-to-back solid seasons for the Houston Rockets. The only concern for the Mavs in this trade would be if they overvalued Wood, considering the possibility that his stats are somewhat empty due to an inept Rockets team that had to get scoring somewhere or that his attitude and “will” are not there. Those concerns seem minor because no matter what stats you put up in the points column, you can cross-check those with efficiency. In the past two seasons, Wood has shot over 50% from the field and just shy of 40% from three on significant volume. He also has excellent size and length, which is precisely what the Mavs need to make another push in the postseason. Their frontcourt was ultimately their undoing.
Mavericks Grade: A
Rockets Grade: D (In Progress)
Oklahoma City Thunder & Denver Nuggets (June 13th, 2022)
Thunder Receive: JaMychal Green, protected 2027 first-round pick
Nuggets Receive: 2022 No. 30 overall pick, two future second-round picks (2023, 2024)
Analysis and Grade: Oklahoma City is at it again! This time the Thunder are actually sending more draft picks than they are receiving. Still, they have plenty of draft capital left, including this year with the No. 2, 12, and 34 overall picks. Either way, it’s a decent trade for both teams, in my opinion, but I think the Nuggets got the better end.
Denver was able to move on from JaMychal Green and got another immediate first-rounder to go along with its 2022 No. 21 overall pick and two future seconds in the next two years. This move helps the Nuggets financially as Green would likely opt into his player option next year, which is a little steep. They need to build around Jokic right now; it’s his prime, and Jamal Murray and MPJ should be back next season, too! In the draft, the Nuggets could either try to move up with those two 2022 first-rounders or draft two solid players to add to their relatively youthful roster, with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr, and Aaron Gordon all still being well under 30 years old.
Thunder Grade: C+
Denver Grade: B+