Celtics Traded Marcus Smart And Draft Picks For Kristaps Porzingis In Deadline Deal

The Boston Celtics pulled the trigger at the last minute to bring Kristaps Porzingis to Boston. The Celtics are sending longtime fan favorite Marcus Smart to the Grizzlies as part of a three-team trade between Boston, Memphis and Washington. Washington and the Celtics were working on completing a trade that would get Kristaps Porzingis to Boston, but the initially reported deal fell through due to the Clippers’ concerns regarding Malcolm Brogdon’s forearm injury.

The Celtics are also getting two 1st round picks from the Grizzlies, including the No. 25 pick in tonight’s draft. Boston is sending Danilo Gallinari, Mike Muscala and its second-round pick Thursday (35th overall) to the Wizards. Memphis is sending guard Tyus Jones to Washington.

Porzingis, 27, is a 7-foot-3 power forward/center who averaged 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 blocks per game last season.

Marcus Smart spent nine seasons in Boston.

Smart was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Celtics. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2021-2022 season and  was only the sixth guard in NBA history to win the award. Smart has also been named to the NBA all defensive team three times and is a three-time NBA hustle award winner, winning it in 2019, 2022 and 2023

Marcus will certainly be missed by Celtics fans.