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Celtics ship off Josh Richardson to Spurs for Derrick White

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After getting under the luxury tax by trading Bol Bol and PJ Dozier, the Boston Celtics have made another move. They’ve acquired Derrick White from San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Josh Richardson, a first-round pick, and Romeo Langford.

Via Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe:

Richardson, who signed with the Celtics in the offseason after a respectable season with the Dallas Mavericks, has struggled to fit in with Boston. He’s averaging just 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game on 49% shooting from downtown. White meanwhile, will be seen as an upgrade for sure. He’s putting up 14.4 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.5 boards in 2021/22 and has proven to be a key piece of the Spurs.

Now, he comes to the Celtics and gets the chance to be one of their backup guards. There’s also still the possibility Boston trades away Dennis Schroder, who has been involved in a flurry of rumors.

For the Spurs, this isn’t a bad move, either. A first-round pick can only help a rebuilding team like San Antonio while Romeo Langford is still young enough to potentially develop into a decent bench piece.

Also, as Zach Lowe of ESPN notes, the Celtics and Spurs will be available to swap first-round picks in 2028:

Let’s hope White can bring better production than Richardson did to the Celtics.