Some of the biggest stars in the NBA have gotten to their teams as a result of draft-day trades. Trae Young, Luka Doncic, the list goes on.
The trades that happen on draft day are just as important as the actual picks that are made themselves. We routinely see a lot of movement whether it be via pick or actual player. Somebody is getting moved tonight — that’s just how this thing works.
There were rumors swirling about potential moves that could be made. Some teams are trying to move up. Some teams are trying to move down. Some are trying to trade out of the draft altogether. They’re all just trying to make the roster that makes the most sense.
A lot is happening. There’s lots of movement and it’s a lot to keep up with. But, luckily for you, you don’t have to — we’re going to do it for you.
Here’s a running list of the major trades we saw on draft night along with the grades. Enjoy.
You can check out our grades for each draft pick here
New York Knicks trade Ousmane Dieng to Oklahoma City Thunder for "multiple" future 1st round picks
New York Knicks receive: “Multiple” future first-round picks
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Ousmane Dieng
We have our first trade of the night, ladies and gentleman. The New York Knicks swapped their pick to the Thunder to build themselves a better future, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Thunder will send multiple first-round picks to New York, per source. https://t.co/kXfkvJDKbI
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2022
The Thunder really pulled off a heist here. They managed to snag a prospect in Dieng with extremely high upside and star potential while also somehow keeping the 12th overall pick with they later selected Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams. That’s just shrewd asset management right there.
Yes, it cost them a few future first-round picks but they have more than a few to spare with 18 of them over the next few years. This was a price they were more than happy to pay.
On the Knicks end, we’ll have a much better idea of how this looks for them once we get details on those picks. But, in the meantime, trading this pick clears up a bit more space for them to dive into free agency this summer and improve a team they feel can be in the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference.
Grades: A+ for the Thunder, TBD for the Knicks.
UPDATE: Here’s what the Knicks got, per The Athletic.
Sources: The draft picks that New York acquired from OKC in the No. 11 Ousmane Dieng trade:
– 2023 protected 1st rounder via Detroit
– 2023 protected 1st rounder via Washington
– 2023 protected 1st rounder via Denver
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2022
That’s a pretty solid haul of future picks. Let’s give them a B grade for this one.
A 3 team deal between the Knicks, Hornets and Pistons
Aaaaaaand, just like that, we’re off the rails. We’ve got our first 3-team deal of the night between the Knicks, Hornets and Pistons. Bare with me, y’all. Here are the details, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pistons receive: Kemba Walker and Jalen Duren from the Knicks
The Hornets receive: The Milwaukee Bucks’ 2025 1st round pick via Detroit
The Knicks receive: Nothing, really. They just traded Kemba Walker.
Whew, boy. This was a doozie. It was mostly confusing because I spent the last 15 minutes wondering what the Knicks got out of this, which was basically nothing. It’s still pretty confusing, but here’s my attempt at making sense of it.
The Pistons got another prospect in Duren they really coveted coming into this draft. Woj said Duren — along with Jaden Ivey who they picked at 4 — was one of the highest-rated players on their board.
The Hornets snatch the Bucks’ 2025 1st round pick that has been passed all around the NBA at this point. That’s the same pick from the Jrue Holiday trade — it’s top 4 protected for Charlotte, but unprotected for New Orleans.
The Knicks don’t really get anything here. They just move off of Kemba Walker’s contract, which was only about $9 million for next season. They’re trying to clear space to play in free agency and sign a player like Jalen Brunson.
The Pistons ARE getting Jalen Duren … and the Knicks, more crucially for immediate free agency matters, are shedding Kemba Walker's salary to Detroit to help fund their free-agent pursuit of Jalen Brunson. https://t.co/DDs1fk3JGC
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 24, 2022
It didn’t really cost them anything to get into this deal — but they didn’t really gain much from it, either. And considering they were essentially doing the Pistons a solid in facilitating this, you’d think they’d stand to gain a little bit more than a salary dump here.
Grades: B+ for the Pistons, B for the Hornets, C for the Knicks
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies swap picks
The Timberwolves receive: Picks No. 22 and No. 29
The Grizzlies receive: Pick No. 19
This deal makes a lot of sense for both sides.
For the Grizzlies, things are getting expensive. They just paid Jaren Jackson Jr. Ja Morant has an extension coming this summer and they’ve got decisions to make on De’Anthony Melton and Tyus Jones.
Fielding two first-round picks probably didn’t make a tone of sense so they consolidated it into one and picked Jake Laravia, who will be an excellent fit.
For the Timberwolves, they move back in the draft and pick up a bit more young talent. It’s not like they’re an older roster, but their key cogs are settled in and aren’t due for big paydays for a while. Two picks shouldn’t hurt them in the long run.
Grades: B for the Grizzlies, B- for the Timberwolves.
Grizzlies trade De'Anthony Melton to the 76ers for the 23rd pick
The 76ers receive: De’Anthony Melton
The Grizzlies receive: Danny Green and No. 23
Remember everything I just wrote about the Grizzlies wanting to trade a pick to save some cash? Scratch that. They’re back in the first round with two picks now looking to stack up on young talent. They just traded for the 23rd pick from the 76ers, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
It’s confusing, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Cheap contracts are important for teams that are going to get expensive very, very soon. David Roddy makes a lot of sense here for Memphis. I also have to add that don’t know when Danny Green will play again after tearing his ACL in the postseason. That’s a big unknown here.
For the 76ers, they get a point-of-attack defender in Melton who can really mix things up for the defensively. He’s not the greatest shot creator, but he’s turned himself into a solid shooter and everyone can use more 3&D help all over their roster. This is a good get for Philly.
Grades: B for the 76ers, C+ for the Grizzlies
The Rockets trade No. 26 to Minnesota for No. 29 and two future 2nds
The Rockets receive: No. 29 pick and two future 2nd round picks
The Timberwolves receive: No. 26
The Rockets stay in the first round but fill their cupboard up with two future 2nd rounders. Those picks might not seem like much, they’re they’re shots at finding diamonds in the rough late in the draft and can also be sweeteners to push trades over the edge in the future. This was the pick they just added in the Christian Wood deal with the Mavericks, so it won’t really cost them anything.
The Timberwolves used the 26th pick to scoop up Wendell Moore, who showed steady improvement in his shooting, finishing and playmaking while at Duke through 3 seasons. He’s a bit redundant considering how much depth they’ve already got on the wing. But you can never have too many wings, though. He’s a solid get on the wing for them if he pans out.
Grades: C+ for the Wolves, B for the Rockets
Dallas Mavericks trade two future 2nds to Kings for Jaden Hardy
Kings receive: Two future 2nd round picks
Mavericks receive: The 37th overall pick (Jaden Hardy)
This is a pretty open and shut trade. The Kings get two future 2nds that could become players for them moving forward or could be trade fodder.
The Mavs get a shot at one of the more coveted prospects heading into this draft. Hardy’s stock clearly fell through the season — he was expected to be a lottery talent at the beginning of the year. Nothing wrong with taking a flyer on this sort of guy in the 2nd round. If it works? Great. If not? No harm done.
Grades: Mavericks get an A. Kings get a B.
Memphis trades San Antonio for Kennedy Chandler
The Spurs get: A future 2nd round pick and cash considerations for the 38th overall pick.
The Grizzlies get: The 38th overall pick (Kennedy Chandler)
The Grizzlies are getting a guard who is an absolute athlete. He had one of the best drill performances at the NBA combine and is certainly worth taking a flyer on.
The Spurs get a future second and some cash on the backend. The cash can’t really be used for anything — it just goes into the owner’s pocket. So they basically just kick the can down the road with the 2nd round of the draft. That always bothers me, but it’s the 2nd round. It doesn’t really matter that much.
Grade: Grizzlies get a B. Spurs get a C+
Golden State Warriors trade Atlanta for No. 44
The Warriors get: No. 44 overall pick
The Hawks get: Cash considerations, No. 51 overall pick
Didn’t I just tell y’all I hate it when teams do the whole cash considerations thing? The Hawks literally cannot improve the team with that money. It’s just so pointless to me.
The Warriors picked Ryan Rollins, who is a solid combo guard and could be good. He could be bad, too. It really doesn’t matter. But at least they took the shot. They gave up the No. 51 pick and moved up a few spots to grab a player they like. That’s always a good move in my book.
Grades: Warriors get a B, Hawks get a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯