Celtics, Wizards, and Grizzlies Agreed to 3-Team Trade involving Marcus Smart, Kristaps Porzingis, and Tyus Jones

In a late-night development on Wednesday, the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, and Memphis Grizzlies finalized a three-team trade that has sent shockwaves throughout the NBA. According to sources close to the situation, center Kristaps Porzingis will be joining the Celtics, while guard Marcus Smart finds himself on the Grizzlies’ roster. Additionally, guard Tyus Jones is set to don the Wizards’ jersey as part of the deal, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

still of Marcus Smart and Kristaps Porzingis

The intricate trade involves multiple moving parts. In exchange for Porzingis, Memphis is sending the 25th overall pick in the upcoming draft and the Golden State Warriors’ top-four-protected first-round pick in 2024 to the Celtics. On the other hand, the Celtics are sending the 35th pick in the draft to the Wizards. As a further component of the trade, the Celtics are also including forward Danilo Gallinari and center Mike Muscala in the package to the Wizards.

The timing of the trade was particularly significant as it unfolded just moments before the midnight Eastern Time deadline for Porzingis to exercise his $36 million player option for the 2023-24 season. With the trade completed, Porzingis ultimately opted in, according to insider sources.

This trade marks the culmination of a day filled with negotiations between the Celtics and Wizards regarding a potential Porzingis deal. Initially, the two teams had sought to form a three-team agreement involving the LA Clippers, which would have seen Malcolm Brogdon heading to Los Angeles, the 30th pick in the draft going to the Wizards, and Porzingis joining the Celtics. However, when that deal fell apart, the Celtics quickly shifted their focus to discussions with Memphis, eventually leading to the current three-team trade just before the deadline.

still of Marcus Smart and Kristaps Porzingis

For the Celtics, this trade represents a significant transformation in the composition of their team. Adding Porzingis to the mix brings an entirely new offensive dynamic alongside stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Moreover, the Celtics will benefit from acquiring two first-round selections as part of the deal.

Porzingis, who recently turned 28, enjoyed his best NBA season with the Washington Wizards, averaging a career-high 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.5 blocks in 65 games. Originally selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the New York Knicks, Porzingis spent his first full season in Washington following a trade involving Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.

The Grizzlies, on the other hand, acquire Marcus Smart, a player known for his tenacity and versatility on the perimeter. Smart has been an integral part of the Celtics franchise for nine years, earning a reputation as one of the league’s top defenders and winning the 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year award. Memphis will look to Smart to bolster their defense and contribute as a reliable starting point guard while Ja Morant serves his suspension during the first 25 games of the season.

Meanwhile, Tyus Jones, who was expected to fill in for Morant in Memphis, now finds himself in Washington. The Wizards’ president of basketball operations, Michael Winger, continues to reshape the team’s roster with this trade. The deal comes on the heels of another significant trade involving the Wizards, as they recently sent Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, multiple second-round picks, and first-round pick swaps.

Adding to the roster changes, sources revealed that Washington forward Kyle Kuzma, an enticing free agent prospect this summer, declined his player option and will become an unrestricted free agent.

As the dust settles on this three-team trade, the league awaits the impact these moves will have on the upcoming NBA season. The Celtics, Grizzlies, and Wizards have all made significant roster adjustments, setting the stage for an intriguing and competitive season ahead.

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