Brad Stevens moves! First he saved money, now he’s trading Josh Richardson and Romeo Langford for Derrick White

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People wanted Brad to make real moves… well, here we go! A bit pricey, especially with JRich’s quality of play. But here’s the deal, when a guy’s 27 and he’s got those kind of guaranteed years left on his deal

you have to put up real assets to get it. Considering JRich came free and only got a year older after this season, I understand from that point of view. Romeo is the young, cost-controlled asset Spurs can develop, and the first round is the price of doing business. Swapping choices could potentially be a problem, but here’s the thing. We talk so much about not messing up the Jays and Brad having to do something. Who cares about 2028 if you have a plan in 2022 to do just that. It also helps that Derrick White is pretty good

He’s a good size at 6’4, and the hope is obviously that he can be a much better shooter next to Tatum/Brown than he was in SA. His spreads were only 42/31%, but look what that life has done for JRich. It helped him have the best shooting season of his career. It sucks to lose a guy who fully embraced his role, but it’s not like they got rid of him just to evade taxes, they brought in a real good player. I guess it sells for a lot, even if you had to sweeten the pot to remove it.

A move like this should seal Dennis’ fate, and if it does, I’d like Brad to find a low-cost shooter. Since that’s their biggest weakness, they just lost one of their best three-point shooters to JRich. Romeo could hit the occasional corner three. There are just more needs to be solved even with this agreement. I like the potential of having a bigger guard to play reserve minutes in a playoff series, his defense is definitely better than Dennis, so I understand. They just can’t be done, that’s all.

Then there’s the part that no one wants to talk about, but we have to mention it. This gives you Marcus Smart insurance. A good-sized point guard with similar production. Nowhere near the defensive player, but worth mentioning given the position. I don’t think Brad moves Smart but I didn’t think he would move JRich either. This is why this time of year is unpredictable.

I don’t think it’s foolish to suggest that White could give the Celts production close to JRich, and his long-term security could still make him attractive for a potential trade this summer. Remember that you will need $salary for any type of major player. You have it now and can assure anyone it goes that it’s under contract.

On the surface, I’m sad to see JRich and Romeo go. But it looks like Brad maximized their value and brought in a good player. That’s the good part. The downside is that a team that can’t really shoot still really needs shooters. Now we have to see what else Brad has up his sleeve