Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens is sticking to the script that led to success for him as a head coach.
Yet another return is being had in the form of Daniel Theis, who was acquired in a deal that sent out three players on expiring contracts to the Houston Rockets. None are expected to stick in the Space City, but Theis is back where he belongs in Boston, at least at the price they got him for. He follows Al Horford’s Cs comeback and Enes Kanter Freedom’s, which ends in this deal. Freedom has already been waived in by Houston.
The highest-profile move was landing Derrick White for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round draft pick. Whether a starter or on the bench, White adds the most scoring, and replaces it as well, in the Cs lineup.
Then there was yet another roster-clearing move involving two injured players. We’ll get to that in a second and go into detail about our grades for each move at the 2022 NBA trade deadline:
The Boston Celtics send Bol Bol, P.J. Dozier to Orlando and swap second-round picks
The first trade executed by Brad Stevens today was one that simply got rid of two players that weren’t going to play this season anyway.
It was rumored earlier this season that Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier could be rerouted to the OKC Thunder, but the Orlando Magic were the rebuilding suitor instead. Heavily protected picks were also involved in this one.
Ultimately, it was a sly move from a sly guy.