The NBA Draft is doubly exciting for basketball aficionados, because you generally get a glut of two different types of exciting transactions: picks and trades. Especially after the first round, picks and players tend to start changing hands at breakneck speed, and sometimes it can be hard to keep up.
Thursday’s 2023 NBA Draft was no exception.
The madness actually started late Wednesday night, when big man Kristaps Porzingis was traded, un-traded and re-traded all in a matter of hours. He ended up with the Boston Celtics after all, where he will add another 3-point threat and rim protector to a team hoping to reach the Finals for the second time in three years. In the same deal, Boston sent Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies, while Washington acquired super-backup point guard Tyus Jones, along with some draft capital and salary filler.
The Wizards have had a busy week. They also agreed to trade Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. When the deal becomes official, Beal will join Kevin Durant and Devin Booker in Phoenix, immediately making them a Western Conference favorite.
In the biggest early deal of Draft day, the Golden State Warriorswhile sending Jordan Poole and draft compensation to the Washington Wizards.
But that was pretty much it in terms of big-name players on the move, with the rest of the draft-day trades being mostly pick swaps and salary dumps. Most notably, Damian Lillard remained with the Portland Trail Blazers and Zion Williamson, after rampant rumors throughout the week, is still a New Orleans Pelican.
Here’s a look at all of the trades surrounding the 2023 NBA Draft, so you know what changes to expect heading into the 2023-24 NBA season.
2023 NBA Draft trade tracker