fb-pixel Skip to main content

NBA trade deadline: Isaiah Thomas traded to Clippers, but stay likely to be short

Isaiah Thomas.Nick Wass/Associated Press

The NBA trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Here’s a rundown of the moves made in the lead up to the trade deadline:

Thursday, Feb. 6

A three-team trade is sending a slew of players to the west coast, including ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas. Marcus Morris will join Thomas from the Knicks. Jerome Robinson will join the Wizards from the Clippers; the Clippers’ Moe Harkless and a 2020 first-round pick will go to New York.

But Thomas isn’t expected to stay in Los Angeles. The Athletic is reporting that the Clippers don’t plan to keep him.

Is Andre Drummond headed to Cleveland? ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Pistons star could be on the move.


▪ D’Angelo Russell is headed to Minnesota in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick, according to ESPN. As part of the deal, Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans are also heading to the Timberwolves.

The Clippers are sending Derrick Walton Jr. to the Hawks in exchange for cash, according to ESPN.

Other notes from ESPN: Rockets are trading Jordan Bell to the Grizzlies for Bruno Caboclo; Trail Blazers are trading Skal Labissiere and cash to the Hawks.

The 76ers acquired Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks from the Warriors, according to the Associated Press, in exchanged for draft picks.

Golden State gets a 2020 second-round (via Dallas), a 2021 second-round (via Denver) and a 2022 second-round (via Toronto).

▪ Andre Iguodala, who hasn’t played at all this season after being dealt to the Grizzlies from the Warriors over the summer, is headed to Miami after a deal came together late Wednesday night.

ESPN reported that Miami has agreed to trade Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and James Johnson to Memphis for Iguodala, Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder.


Wednesday, Feb. 5

Overnight, Clint Capela is dealt to the Hawks as part of a 12-player, four-team trade. Robert Covington and Jordan Bell are dealt from Minnesota to the Rockets, plus the Warriors’ 2024 second-round pick from the Hawks. Atlanta picks up Capela and Nene from Houston.

(The Hawks requested to waive Nene a day later. The 37-year-old hasn’t played this season.)

Denver got Gerald Green from Houston along with the Rockets’ 2020 first-round pick. The Nuggets also landed Keita Bates-Diop, Shabazz Napier and Noah Vonleh from Minnesota.

Minnesota got Brooklyn’s 2020 first-round pick and Evan Turner from Atlanta, plus Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Juancho Hernangomez from Denver.

Monday, Feb. 3

Danny Ainge’s comments during an appearance on NBC Sports Boston’s “Pregame Live”:

Asked if he’s comfortable with the center position as is, Ainge said: “Yes, I am.” Ainge praised the play of Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, noting he doesn’t think the Celtics are “getting beat” at center. Heading into the season, Boston’s interior defense was considered one of the team’s biggest weaknesses.

Ainge stressed he likes the potential of the Celtics when they’re at full strength, which hasn’t been the case very often this season because nearly every rotation player has missed time due to injury. Said Ainge: “I think that’s the most important acquisition we can make in this trade deadline, get our guys back healthy.”

Ainge noted the team is going to explore whether there are ways to strengthen the end of the bench. “We do have probably too many really young guys,” he said. “We certainly don’t want to make a deal just to make a deal.”


Ainge estimated 8-10 teams have reached out to the Celtics with offers, mentioning that the team’s draft assets have garnered “some interest.”

Ainge said the Celtics will pay “close attention” to the buyout market as well.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @k8tmac.