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Grading the Celtics-Spurs trade involving Josh Richardson, Derrick White

Celtics, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Derrick White

The Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs were active ahead of the NBA trade deadline. They linked up for one of the more notable trades, as San Antonio sent Derrick White to Boston and the Celtics sent Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford and a 2022 first-round pick.

While the Spurs have realized Dejounte Murray is the true point guard of the future, they shipped off the 27-year-old White to a Celtics team looking for a point guard. It’s a trade that makes sense for both sides, though one team got the better end of the deal. Here are each team’s grades for the trade.

Celtics Grade: A

White is a tremendous replacement for Dennis Schroder, who the Celtics shipped to the Houston Rockets. A defensive tandem of him and Marcus Smart is downright unfair. Boston has been thriving on account of its defense and now boasts two of the best defenders at the guard position in addition to other good defenders like Tatum and Robert Williams.

White is a pesky defender, which will be useful against the great Eastern Conference guards the Celtics may see in the playoffs like James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Darius Garland, Zach LaVine or Tyler Herro.

This season, White is averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. He can provide some offense but may not fit very well with Smart on that end of the floor due to his lackluster perimeter shooting (31.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc). They may have to play their minutes separately until crunch time. Still, White is a great addition for Boston.

Spurs Grade: B-

The Spurs didn’t give White away for a valueless trade package, but they could have done better.

Landing a first-round pick in this year’s draft is a solid get. The pick is protected through the first four overall selections but is almost certain to convey. It will most likely fall into the 20s given how much better Boston has been the past month and how they could potentially improve even more.

The players they received in this deal, though, don’t change much for them moving forward. Langford will likely get lost in the shuffle of young wings the Spurs already have and Richardson won’t be a key part of their future. The player they use the pick on may not pan out. They potentially traded away a very good guard for nothing substantial, especially considering the pick won’t be very high in the draft.