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Derrick White Traded to Boston Celtics

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Derrick White, the former San Antonio Spurs guard has been traded to the Boston Celtics for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, a 2022 first-round pick, and a first-round pick swap in 2028.

White, who is in his prime at 27 years old and is under contract through 2024-2025 making $15.1 million this season.

The 27-year-old played on the 2019 USA World Cup Team with Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Jayson Tatum. Celtics head coach Ime Udoka was even on the coaching staff as well on that team.

White is a defensive-minded combo guard who changes speed well on offense in which his stats for the season so far are 14.4 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. He can play either point guard or shooting guard. His shooting percentage is 42.6 and his three-point percentage at 31.4. Although the shooting percentages are not flashy, his 5.6 assists can help facilitate the basketball to Tatum and Brown.

Getting White brings a really solid 1-2 punch in the backcourt along with Smart since they are both defensive-minded guards. The Celtics currently have the third-best defensive rating in the NBA right now and have held five of six opponents in the last six games under 100 points.

Pairing White with Smart will help the team when they go up against Eastern Conference foes such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

On the defensive end of the basketball court, White can guard players in the backcourt such as the one spot which is point guards and the two spots are shooting guards. He also holds his own very well when being switched into guarding players in the frontcourt such as shooting forwards, power forwards, and centers. He commits only 2.4 fouls per game while averaging 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks.

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