Now that the 0ff-season is underway, keep tabs on NBA trades with the NBA trade tracker. There have been a few significant moves already, including the Jazz trading Rudy Gobert for four future first-rounders, Walker Kessler, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Patrick Beverley, and Leandro Bolmaro! Additionally, there are rumors in abundance with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving still in trade talks. Check out the rest 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 & Utah Jazz (July 1st, 2022)
Timberwolves Receive: Rudy Gobert
Jazz Receive: Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Walker Kessler, Leandro Bolmaro, and four future first-rounders
Analysis and Grade: A trade out of right field! A few weeks ago, Minnesota wasn’t even being mentioned as a possible suitor for Gobert, but now, it has him on the roster. The Timberwolves just signed KAT to an extension and paired him with Gobert, a much better defender who can help substantially on the interior. This will also allow KAT to step out more and give the Wolves a huge size advantage on every team they play against. Minnesota just made its “win now” move, but at a high cost. Utah made out like bandits with this trade. The Jazz were able to pull in FOUR future first-rounders from Minnesota and still got back some young talent with Beasley, Vanderbilt, and Kessler. If Utah now attempts to trade Donovan Mitchell, perhaps to the Heat, it will get back even more. What a huge start to what will surely be a promising rebuild.
Timberwolves Grade: B+
Jazz Grade: A+
Sacramento Kings & Atlanta Hawks (July 1st, 2022)
Kings Receive: Kevin Huerter
Hawks Receive: 2024 Protected First-Rounder (top-14), Justin Holiday, Mo Harkless
Analysis and Grade: After the Atlanta Hawks acquired Dejounte Murray, the writing was on the wall for Huerter; they just don’t need him anymore after that pickup. If Atlanta kept him, it would be backcourt overload. Sacramento did a good job (can’t believe I’m saying this) recognizing the need to move off Huerter and pounced. This gives the Kings yet another young wing to add to their core after signing Malik Monk yesterday. It has been a really solid last 24 hours for Sacramento.
Kings Grade: A-
Hawks Grade: B+
Indiana Pacers & Boston Celtics (July 1st, 2022)
Pacers Receive: Aaron Nesmith, Daniel Theis, Malik Fitts, Nik Stauskas, Juwan Morgan, and 2023 First-Rounder
Celtics Receive: Malcolm Brogdon
Analysis and Grade: That’s all the Pacers could get for Malcolm Brogdon? Much like the Jerami Grant trade, which actually ended up being just fine for Detroit, the perceived value of Brogdon was significantly more than the reality. It’s hard to imagine Indiana stalling on trading Brogdon for a lottery pick during the draft, if it was possible, so perhaps, this was the best deal available. Either way, it clears up cap space and the Pacers could potentially complete a sign-and-trade for Deandre Ayton, which would quickly catapult this grade to an A, too.
Boston picked up a quality, proven lead guard with years of experience and a defensive-minded background (Virginia.) This is a homerun trade for the C’s, because it provides more depth and better guard play; that could have made the difference in the Finals this year.
Pacers Grade: C+
Celtics Grade: A
Brooklyn Nets & Utah Jazz (June 30th, 2022)
Nets Receive: Royce O’Neale
Jazz Receive: 2023 First-Rounder (lesser of Brooklyn, Houston, or Philadelphia)
Analysis and Grade: Utah got a first-round pick for Royce O’Neale? O’Neale averaged just over seven points per game last year and is nearly 30 years old, so I’m not quite sure how this makes Brooklyn better. He’s a solid defender, one of the few that Utah had on its roster, but I don’t see him getting a ton of minutes. This trade is a win for the Jazz, who can now focus on acquiring draft capital; they haven’t been able to win with the guys they have now, so I would expect more moves from them this off-season. This could include a Rudy Gobert trade, so buckle up, because they could bring in a haul for him.
Nets Grade: C-
Jazz Grade: A-
San Antonio Spurs & Atlanta Hawks (June 29th, 2022)
Spurs Receive: 2023 First-Rounder (via Charlotte), 2025 First-Rounder, 2027 First-Rounder, 2026 Pick Swap, Danilo Gallinari
Hawks Receive: Dejounte Murray
Analysis and Grade: San Antonio has fully committed to a rebuild, which was something I criticized about it last year. Still, I’m not sure this is what I had in mind for the Spurs. Dejounte Murray is fresh off a 21/9/8 season and was fairly close to leading the Spurs to the playoffs. This move has “full-blown tank” written all over it and perhaps their concern with Murray was that he would win them too many games to be in contention to draft Victor Wembanyama next year. Wembanyama is widely regarded as one of the best prospects since LeBron James, but the NBA is not like the NFL; there is still a lottery process. This grade would quickly shift to an A++ if the Spurs secured Wembanyama, but even in the best-case scenario, their odds are only 14% to land him.
Atlanta needed defense desperately. The Hawks had no chance of competing in the top-heavy Eastern Conference if they didn’t make a big move; however, I don’t think anyone would have predicted this a few weeks ago. Murray gives Atlanta a terrific backcourt complement to Trae Young, who is a consistent defensive liability, but an absolute bonafide star on offense. Dejounte’s defense is bordering on elite with his 6-foot-10 wingspan and lightning-quick feet. The Hawks seem to believe that it is super close to being championship-caliber; this move may tilt the needle and give them a shot for several years to come.
Spurs Grade: C
Hawks Grade: A+
Denver Nuggets & Washington Wizards (June 29th, 2022)
Nuggets Receive: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith
Wizards Receive: Monte Morris and Will Barton
Analysis and Grade: Washington may not have come out of the 2022 NBA Draft with a point guard, whether by trade or drafting one; however, it did grab a decent, young starting point guard in Morris and a prolific scorer in Barton, when healthy. The Wizards shopped around the No. 10 pick, but clearly didn’t like what they would get in return, so they decided to draft Johnny Davis. Now, their backcourt features Morris, Barton, Davis, and Bradley Beal. This is a great value deal for Washington.
Denver is under new leadership, so this move may be indicative of a slight roster reconstruction. Giving up Barton and Morris just to bring in Caldwell-Pope feels a bit too much, but if the Nuggets think that he is a great fit, it could end up paying off. This also clears the way for Bones Hyland to get more minutes in his second year, which Denver fans will surely love. Defense is a priority, and it should be.
Nuggets Grade: B+
Wizards Grade: A-
New York Knicks & Detroit Pistons (June 28th, 2022)
Knicks Receive: Two future second-round picks and Cash Incentives
Pistons Receive: Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks, 2023 second-rounder, 2024 second-rounder, $6 million
Analysis and Grade: As quickly as Detroit entered the run for Deandre Ayton, it is out of it just as quickly. After snagging Jalen Duren, in what could be one of the biggest steals in the 2022 NBA Draft, Detroit opted to shift gears. There is no need to pay that much for Ayton when it can grab Duren on a rookie contract; he has a similar upside honestly. Now, the Pistons are allowing New York to dump two contracts on them in order to acquire more draft capital. The two future second-rounders that they are bringing in should be in the 30s or early 40s at the worst.
For the Knicks, this is 100% validates that they are going after Jalen Brunson in free agency. They will likely try to pry him away from the Dallas Mavericks and make him their starting point guard of the future. Still, offering Brunson $110 million is a bit concerning; that’s a lot of money, and they don’t have much of a plan outside of him and Barrett running the backcourt.
Knicks Grade: B+
Pistons Grade: A-
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: B-
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-rounders 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+