The Boston Celtics made moves of their own at the NBA trade deadline and achieved a goal that pundits forecasted them to do. Unfortunately, their rival team Los Angeles Lakers were not part of it.

The Lakers were reportedly interested in acquiring Josh Richardson but did not have the assets that piqued the interest of the Beantown squad. Instead, it was the San Antonio Spurs who ended up with a fancied target of the purple and gold, Josh Richardson according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Celtics also sent Romeo Langford to San Antonio as part of the deal.

In return, the Spurs sent Derrick White plus the Celtics a 2022 first-round pick (protected 1-4) according to Zach Lowe.

The Spurs ended up being aggressive sellers at the NBA trade deadline after initially swapping Thaddeus Young for Goran Dragic and a first-round pick from the Toronto Raptors.

However, San Antonio will reportedly waive the Slovenian guard according to another report by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Celtics acquire White who can provide added defensive prowess for the Celtics. On offense, the fact that 27-year-old loves to play off the ball should make him a perfect fit to blend in with Boston’s resident stars, Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown.

As for Dragic, he will be among the many buyout candidates that other teams are expected to target.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams expected to take interest in the 35-year-old guard. But of those teams, Dallas is said to be the favorite to land Dragic, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported.

Toronto also sent out Drew Eubanks and a 2022 second-round pick as part of the deal.

In other NBA trade news out West, the Phoenix Suns acquired Aaron Holiday from the Washington Wizards for cash considerations in yet another report from Charania of The Athletic.

The fourth-year guard is averaging 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 16.2 minutes with the Wizards in 2021-22.

Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic #1 of the Toronto Raptors Getty Images | Scott Taetsch

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