2022 NBA trade deadline – Latest buzz, news and reports


The 2022 NBA trade deadline has come and gone, as we are now past the 3 p.m. ET cutoff to put players with new teams for the 2021-22 regular season. Deals might still come in after the deadline, as teams only need to be on the phone with the league before 3 p.m. ET to make the move official.

The biggest deal of 2022 happened just hours before the deadline when the Brooklyn Nets agreed to send James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons, a move that shakes up two major Eastern Conference contenders.

That trade came on the heels of a major move on Tuesday, when the Damian LillardCJ McCollum era ended in Portland. McCollum headed to the New Orleans Pelicans to pair with Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, the Sacramento Kings acquired 25-year-old All-Star Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for promising second-year guard Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson.

Get all of the news, intel and analysis from our experts here, including trade grades and potential destinations for the league’s top trade targets.

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Feb. 10 post-deadline updates

3:19 p.m. ET: Ben Simmons has already talked to Kevin Durant and general manager Sean Marks, his agent, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Simmons is eager to join the Nets and ramp up for a return to play this season, Paul says: “We’ve got to work to do to get him back to play, but it’s a great step in right direction.”

3:16 p.m. ET: The Orlando Magic, who acquired P.J. Dozier from Boston earlier Thursday, have announced they have waived Dozier. The guard has been out since November with a torn ACL in his left knee.

3:13 p.m. ET: Once the Rockets-Celtics trade is official, Houston will waive Enes Freedom, a source tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Freedom averaged 3.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 35 games for the Celtics this season.

3:07 p.m. ET: The New York Knicks, currently in 12th place in the East, do not have any last-minute deals in the works, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

3:05 p.m. ET: There will be no last-minute trade for the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The team, currently in ninth place in the West, will turn to players available after buyouts are completed to help improve the roster.

3:03 p.m. ET: The Washington Wizards are trading Aaron Holiday to the Phoenix Suns, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Feb. 10 pre-deadline updates

2:59 p.m. ET: The Houston Rockets are trading Daniel Theis to the Boston Celtics, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Boston is sending guard Dennis Schroder to the Rockets in the deal. Houston gets Enes Freedom and Bruno Fernando as well.

2:37 p.m. ET: The Dallas Mavericks are trading Kristaps Porzingis and a second-round pick to the Washington Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon.

2:23 p.m. ET: The Charlotte Hornets are acquiring Washington Wizards center Montrezl Harrell for Vernon Carey Jr. and Ish Smith, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

2:15 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers do have a deal available to them to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for John Wall, but they are balking at including the additional draft assets the Rockets are asking for, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports on the NBA Today Trade Deadline special.

1:58 p.m. ET: The Indiana Pacers are finalizing a trade to send Torrey Craig to the Phoenix Suns for Jalen Smith and a future second-round pick, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Smith, the No. 10 pick in 2020, had his third-year option declined before the season, limiting what the Pacers can offer him in a contract this summer.

1:38 p.m. ET: The Boston Celtics are acquiring guard Derrick White in a trade from the San Antonio Spurs, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Romeo Langford, Josh Richardson and a top-4 protected 2022 first-round pick are going to San Antonio. The Spurs will also have rights to swap first-round picks with Boston in 2028.

1:35 p.m. ET: After swinging a deal for Ben Simmons, the Brooklyn Nets might not be done. Sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Nets are still working to be aggressive in more deal-making today, armed with two new first-round picks.

1:26 p.m. ET: Ben Simmons will continue to work with his therapist to get mentally ready to play for the Brooklyn Nets. “It’s a work in progress,” a source close to Simmons tells ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Simmons is thrilled with the change of scenery and has already spoken to Kevin Durant.

1:17 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets are trading James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Sixers are sending the Nets an unprotected 2022 first-round pick and a protected 2027 first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.

1:06 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers are not engaged in trade talks on Russell Westbrook and a dramatic makeover of the Lakers’ roster is not likely, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. If the Lakers make any moves, they’ll likely be on the edges.

1:01 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports on the NBA Today Trade Deadline special that the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are engaged in trade talks for James Harden. “There’s a place today where they can get to a deal,” Wojnarowski says. However, the 76ers believe they can get Harden in the offseason, although “the price will go up.”

12:37 p.m. ET: Hours before the NBA trade deadline, Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers canceled practice Thursday to let “everyone just come in, relax and get some shots up,” according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “Tomorrow, we’ll have shootaround with our team, for sure,” Rivers said.

12:30 p.m. ET: The Boston Celtics are trading P.J. Dozier, Bol Bol, a future second-round pick and cash to the Orlando Magic for a future second-round pick, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The trade puts the Celtics under the luxury tax. Dozier and Bol are both out for the season.

12:03 p.m. ET: The Toronto Raptors are trading Goran Dragic and protected 2022 first-round picks to the San Antonio Spurs for Thad Young, Drew Eubanks and a 2022 second-round pick via the Detroit Pistons, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Pick is protected 1-14 in 2022 and 1-13 in 2023 and would turn into two seconds beyond that.

11:57 a.m. ET: The San Antonio Spurs — who are trading for the Toronto RaptorsGoran Dragic — are expected to negotiate a contract buyout with Dragic. Among the teams expected to be interested once he becomes a free agent: Dallas, Milwaukee, Chicago, Clippers.

11:44 a.m. ET: The Sacramento Kings are acquiring Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo in a four-team trade, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kings forward Marvin Bagley is going to the Detroit Pistons. The Bucks are acquiring the LA ClippersSerge Ibaka in the deal, according to Wojnarowski. Detroit, which is sending out multiple second-round picks, is sending Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles to the Kings. The Bucks are sending Semi Ojeleye and Rodney Hood to the Clippers in the four-team deal, too.

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11:18 a.m. ET: Sources tell ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that the Dallas Mavericks would need “a lot more” than Goran Dragic and a package of draft picks to have serious interest in trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Toronto Raptors.

10:37 a.m. ET: Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash told the media Thursday morning that he feels the same way he did the other day — that James Harden will not be traded today. “He’s not told me he doesn’t want to stay. So I’m working off our conversations, which is he wants to be here and we want him here,” Nash said. The Nets coach also said he does not expect Harden or LaMarcus Aldridge to play in Saturday’s game at the Miami Heat.

8:57 a.m. ET: James Harden and LaMarcus Aldridge did not accompany the Brooklyn Nets to the Washington Wizards for Thursday night’s game; they stayed behind to work with the Nets’ performance coaches instead, the Nets tell ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

8:36 a.m. ET: Although Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden wants to be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, he has so far resisted making a formal request out of fear of the public backlash that would come with asking out of a second franchise in consecutive seasons, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Harden is hopeful Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey will secure a trade today, but Morey and Nets general manager Sean Marks have yet to engage in serious dialogue on a deal. But there’s an expectation the sides will talk today and a possibility of a deal remains, sources say. Both teams are measuring the risk-reward of a Harden deal now.

8:07 a.m. ET: While a Russell Westbrook trade remains highly unlikely, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking at guards Alec Burks and Dennis Schroder, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Feb. 9 updates

10:02 p.m. ET: New Orleans Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. is scheduled to have surgery on his right knee on Friday and is expected to miss up to six weeks, sources told ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. Nance, who was acquired in the seven-player deal that also brought CJ McCollum and Tony Snell to New Orleans, hasn’t played since Jan. 5.

7:44 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported on SportsCenter that a Los Angeles Lakers team source would specifically like to see guard Russell Westbrook traded because “we gotta rip the Band-Aid off to be able to move forward this season.”

7:15 p.m. ET: There are less than 20 hours left until the trade deadline, and at this moment, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are not engaged in any meaningful dialogue about a James Harden-for-Ben Simmons trade.

3:24 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers have so far been unwilling to include their 2027 first-round pick in any possible Russell Westbrook trade, sources tell ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

2:45 p.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired KZ Okpala from the Miami Heat in exchange for a 2026 second-round pick, the Heat announced Wednesday. Additionally, the Heat have agreed to amend the conditions on the 2025 first-round pick owed to the Thunder, potentially giving Miami more flexibility in trading future picks.

2:08 p.m. ET: The Utah Jazz are acquiring Nickeil Alexander-Walker from the Portland Trail Blazers and Juancho Hernangomez from the San Antonio Spurs in a three-way deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Spurs get guard Tomas Satoransky and a second-round pick, and the Blazers get Joe Ingles, Elijah Hughes and a second-round pick.

1:03 p.m. ET: The Indiana Pacers do not plan to trade Buddy Hield, despite interest from other teams, sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Hield was acquired from the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

12:15 p.m. ET: On Greeny, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says James Harden “wants” a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers, adding “his actions over the last 10 days are basically a threat to the Nets.” Harden scored four points in 37 minutes in a loss to the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 2 and has not played since. “He is screaming in every way he possibly can, ‘I don’t want to be here — get me out of here!’ Just like he did in Houston,” Windhorst added.

10:01 a.m. ET: The Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets are “absolutely engaged in trade discussions” about Ben Simmons and James Harden, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “There is definite motivation from both sides to make this fall into place.”

3:30 a.m. ET: As the trade deadline nears, and after Tuesday night’s 131-116 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Lakers are acknowledging something needs to be done with the roster to get the team back on course, sources told ESPN.

12:05 a.m. ET: Guards Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, whom the New Orleans Pelicans traded earlier in the day to the Portland Trail Blazers along with Tomas Satoransky and Didi Louzada for CJ McCollum, Tony Snell and Larry Nance Jr., decided to sit courtside Tuesday to see their former teammates one more time before heading to the Pacific Northwest.


Feb. 8 updates

10:27 p.m. ET: After Tuesday’s 114-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Joel Embiid said he believes the Philadelphia 76ers have enough to make a run as they are now, but that the door is open for Ben Simmons to return to the team if the deadline passes without a trade.

“Anybody is welcome to play,” Embiid said. “If you want to be part of us, I’m sure everybody will be fine with it, but you have to show up and want to be there.”

4:51 p.m. ET: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is planning to undergo season-ending surgery on his left wrist, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Beal, a three-time All-Star, will be eligible to sign a five-year, $245M contract with the Wizards this summer. He has a $36.4M player option for next season.

2:34 p.m. ET: The Sabonis-Haliburton trade will likely have a significant impact on Myles Turner‘s future with the Pacers. The 25-year-old Turner, who is averaging 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and a league-leading 2.8 blocks per game, gets to play center now and appears thrilled with the idea of playing with Haliburton.

1:28 p.m. ET: The Indiana Pacers are trading Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday and a 2027 second-round pick to the Sacramento Kings for Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Sabonis, a two-time All-Star, is averaging 18.9 points and 12.1 rebounds this season.

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12:16 p.m. ET: Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden will not play against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night because of left hamstring tightness, he told ESPN after Tuesday’s shootaround. Harden declined comment on anything other than his playing status as he made his way out of Barclays Center after the Nets’ morning walk-through. Harden’s name continues to swirl in trade speculation as Thursday’s deadline approaches, but Nets coach Steve Nash made it clear before Sunday’s game against the Utah Jazz that the Nets would not trade Harden.

12:14 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on SportsCenter that the Philadelphia 76ers continue to be willing to take the Ben Simmons stalemate into the offseason. The 76ers are looking for a star player in return in any Simmons trade and are not looking to make a deal for “a good player and a role player.”

11:28 a.m. ET: After trading CJ McCollum to New Orleans, the Portland Trail Blazers‘ plan is to fully reshape their roster around Damian Lillard now, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Portland created a $21 million trade exception Tuesday and could potentially have up to $60 million in salary-cap space this summer. The Blazers also picked up multiple draft picks and young players in the trades with the Pelicans and Clippers. The plan now for Portland is to pursue high-end talent, not retreat.

10:59 a.m. ET: The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to send CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr. and Tony Snell to the New Orleans Pelicans, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pelicans are sending Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, a future first-round pick and two future second-round picks to the Blazers.

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10:11 a.m. ET: The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans are in serious discussions on a trade centered on guard CJ McCollum, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Talks are ongoing today. McCollum has averaged at least 20 points in each of the past seven seasons for Portland.

2:35 a.m. ET: ESPN’s Brian Windhorst provides the latest intel on where some of the league’s biggest storylines stand with less than 72 hours until the NBA trade deadline, including the buzz surrounding Ben Simmons and James Harden.


Feb. 7 updates

6:30 p.m. ET: The Indiana Pacers are looking for a big package for Domantas Sabonis, while talks have slowed for Myles Turner in part due to his injured left foot, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

3:30 p.m. ET: Several teams, including the New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks, have been aggressively pursuing the Portland Trail BlazersCJ McCollum, sources tell ESPN. Portland is engaged in talks over the best package for McCollum after trading Norman Powell and Robert Covington on Friday.

3:30 p.m. ET: The Detroit Pistons have yet to receive any offers for Jerami Grant that they’d be willing to move on, sources tell ESPN.

6:35 a.m. ET: Four weeks ago, on Jan. 11, Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey reached out to Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks to inquire about James Harden, sources told ESPN. “No,” Marks responded. This exchange represents the single, direct communication between Morey and Marks this season. With three days to go before the deadline, the stalemate remains: The Sixers plan to pursue Harden, while the Nets have no intention of surrendering him.

Feb. 6 updates

4:37 p.m. ET: The Cleveland Cavaliers are acquiring Caris LeVert and a 2022 second-round pick (via Miami) from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Ricky Rubio, a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick (via Houston) and a 2027 second-round pick (via Utah), sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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4:01 p.m. ET: Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash made it clear the franchise does not plan to trade James Harden prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. “I’ve talked to James; he wants to be here. He wants to be here long term as well, so I don’t think anything’s changed other than noise from the outside,” Nash said before Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.


Feb. 4 update

2:26 p.m. ET: The LA Clippers are trading Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a future second-round pick to the Trail Blazers for Norman Powell and Robert Covington, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Clippers are sending the Trail Blazers a 2025 second-round pick via the Detroit Pistons, sources told Wojnarowski.

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Feb. 3 update

7:57 p.m. ET: The New Orleans Pelicans have been aggressively trying to add a guard or a perimeter scorer ahead of the trade deadline, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Thursday on NBA Today. New Orleans’ efforts have included talking to the Portland Trail Blazers about guard CJ McCollum, to the Sacramento Kings about guard De’Aaron Fox and to the Houston Rockets about guard Eric Gordon.


Jan. 28 update

2:28 p.m. ET: The Sacramento Kings — one of the most aggressive teams in the trade market and once an eager suitor for Ben Simmons — have ended their pursuit of a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers and turned elsewhere in trade talks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Kings, who have lost five straight and sit 13th in the Western Conference, are determined to reshape their roster and remain engaged on several other fronts, sources said.

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Jan. 26 update

7:17 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets are not engaging with any teams inquiring about potential James Harden trades, a resolve rooted in Harden’s repeated insistences to ownership and management that he’s committed to staying and winning a championship with the franchise, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


Jan. 25 update

6:57 p.m. ET: Jerami Grant‘s representation has offered the Detroit Pistons a list of trade destinations should the franchise choose to move the 27-year-old forward before the Feb. 10 deadline, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on The Hoop Collective podcast.


Jan. 21 update

3:30 p.m. ET: How does Joel Embiid‘s play affect how Philadelphia team president Daryl Morey and the Sixers are thinking about the possibility of trading Ben Simmons? “We are looking for a deal that makes us a championship contender,” Morey said during a radio interview on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Jan. 20. “I think it’s less likely than likely,” Morey said. “It won’t be from lack of trying.” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said during Friday’s NBA Today: “I think that was the purpose of that interview was to manage expectations and say, hey, listen [Embiid’s] having a historically great year. We have to get this trade right.”


Jan. 18 update

11:23 p.m. ET: The Denver Nuggets are acquiring San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes in a three-way deal with the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN. The Nuggets will send Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier to the Celtics and the Spurs will acquire Celtics forward Juancho Hernangomez and Denver’s 2028 second-round pick, sources said.

2:02 p.m. ET: Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is expected to be sidelined beyond the Feb. 10 trade deadline with a stress reaction in his left foot, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The injury could complicate the franchise’s hopes to deal him before the offseason.


Jan. 13 updates

11:59 a.m. ET: The deal between the Nuggets and Pistons involving Bol Bol has been voided after the Pistons didn’t pass Bol on his physical with the team, sources confirmed to ESPN.

11:26 a.m. ET: The Hawks are trading forward Cam Reddish to the Knicks for a deal that includes a protected 2022 first-round pick via the Charlotte Hornets, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks also acquire Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round pick via the Brooklyn Nets in the trade.

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Jan. 9 update

2:27 p.m. ET: The Pistons are finalizing a deal to acquire Nuggets forward Bol Bol for Rodney McGruder and a 2022 second-round pick via the Nets. Bol, 22, has shown flashes of promise with Denver, but he has never found traction in a deep and talented Nuggets frontcourt.


Jan. 4 update

4:08 p.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder are acquiring Miye Oni from the Utah Jazz and a 2028 second-round pick. The Thunder will waive Oni and open up a roster spot ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. Utah saves money and opens a roster spot, too.


Jan. 3 update

11:22 a.m. ET: The Knicks are acquiring Denzel Valentine in a three-way deal with the Lakers and Cavs, also getting $1.1M and two draft-rights players but ceding the draft rights to Louis Labeyrie. New York will make a decision on keeping Valentine or providing him an opportunity to sign elsewhere.


Dec. 31, 2021, update

11:06 a.m. ET: The Cavaliers have agreed to trade Denzel Valentine to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Rajon Rondo, who is eager for the chance to play a bigger role with an ascending Cavaliers team. He has been positive on the deal since it was presented to him as an option.

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