Boston Celtics

Jan 21, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) drives past Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

With just over an hour to go until the NBA trade deadline officially hits, the Celtics made their first major move. According to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, the Celtics are trading wing player Josh Richardson, guard Romeo Langford and a 2022 first-round pick (1-4 protected) to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for guard Derrick White.

UPDATE: The teams will also swap 2028 first-round picks, with the Celtics’ pick that year being top-1 protected, per Brian Robb of MassLive.

White, the 29th overall pick by the Spurs in the 2017 NBA Draft, is in the midst of a career year. The 27-year-old combo guard has been the Spurs’ primary starting shooting guard this season. He’s averaged 30.3 minutes per game over 49 games, scoring 14.4 points per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the floor and 31.4 percent from three while averaging 5.6 assists.

The Celtics have extended control over White, who signed a four-year, $73 million contract extension back in December of 2020, keeping him under contract through the end of the 2025 season. He carries a $15.1 million cap hit his season, with that number increasing by $1.2 million each year over the remainder of the deal.

According to Brian Robb of MassLive, the Celtics used the Evan Fournier trade exception to accommodate White’s salary. At the same time, they created a new TPE by moving Richardson.

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