Tonight, the NBA celebrates its 75th edition of the NBA Draft. Along with the selecting of 60 of the world’s best prospects, trades are a common variable to keep tabs on during tonight’s event. Here’s an updated look at each of the trades confirmed ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft:
Nets now own pick Nos. 27, 29, 44, 49 and 59 in tonight's draft.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 29, 2021
As also reported by Wojnarowski, this cap-cutting move by the Brooklyn Nets also provides them with ample draft capital into the later part of the 2021 NBA Draft. Last season, Carter, described as a 3-and-D guard, hit on 38.1 percent of a career-high 2.5 attempts. Shamet, similarly, provides the Suns with size and shooting at the guard position, hitting on 38.7 percent of his 5.5 3-point attempts.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards are also close on a deal that will send Russell Westbrook to the Lakers in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and a 2021 first-round pick.
The Lakers are near a deal to acquire Washington's Russell Westbrook for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a 2021 first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 29, 2021
As reported by ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the deal can’t be completed until Kuzma’s poison pill restriction is lifted, but if so, the deal will be finalized on Aug. 6. He also highlighted the salary cap implications for both teams, should the trade go through. As for the Wizards, Wojnarowski reports that Washington is seeking to create cap space to surround All-Star guard Bradley Beal with more talent.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have also engaged in a trade that will send Ricky Rubio, a 2022 second-round selection and cash to the Cavaliers in exchange for forward Taurean Prince.
TRADE: The Cleveland Cavaliers are acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves G Ricky Rubio, a 2022 second-round pick and cash for F Taurean Prince, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 29, 2021
The Detroit Pistons, owners of tonight’s No. 1 pick, made a cap-cutting move, trading center Mason Plumlee and their No. 37 pick to the Charlotte Hornets. In return, they will receive the No. 57 selection, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Detroit insiders see it as a move that catapults sophomore big Isaiah Stewart into a more defined role. ESPN’s Bobby Marks confirms that it also gives the Pistons an $8.1 million trade exception.
Detroit is finalizing a trade to send C Mason Plumlee and the No. 37 pick to Charlotte for the No. 57 pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 29, 2021
The Oklahoma City Thunder continued their compiling of Draft selections by trading their No. 16 selection to the Houston Rockets in exchange for two future first-round picks. With today’s transaction, the Thunder will now have 39 draft picks in their arsenal over the next seven seasons, 18 of which will be first rounders. With tonight’s pick, they selected Alperen Sengun from Turkey.
Houston is sending OKC two future first-round picks for No. 16, per source. https://t.co/VggmCiw0sa— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
The Clippers have jumped up in the draft trading number 25 and a future second round pick to the New York Knicks for number 21 in order to select Tennessee wing Keon Johnson.
Sources: Clippers are selecting at No. 21 via Knicks and take Keon Johnson.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 30, 2021
Clippers will send No. 25 to New York and a future second, per source. Clippers are targeting Keon Johnson at No. 21. https://t.co/FRWvThyVpM— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
The Indiana Pacers have dealt pick 31 and guard Aaron Holiday to the Washington Wizards for pick 22, which will be used to select Kentucky big man Isaiah Jackson.
Wizards will receive No. 31 -- along with Aaron Holiday -- from Indiana too, sources said. https://t.co/C1133bFQB2— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 30, 2021
The Memphis Grizzlies have soared to take pick 30 from the Utah Jazz, taking Loyola big Santi Aldama. The Jazz will receive pick 40 and two future second round picks.
Memphis is sending No. 40 and two future seconds to Utah for No. 30, source tells ESPN. https://t.co/YACkZgjerK— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
The Los Angeles Clippers have taken Ohio guard Jason Preston with the 33rd pick, via the Orlando Magic. The Magic will receive a future second round pick and cash.
The Clippers acquire Ohio's Jason Preston at No. 33 for a future second-round pick and cash, per source. https://t.co/IngimNGOXV— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021