The Trade That Completed Derrick White—and Maybe the Celtics

June 7, 2022, published on

Derrick White didn’t see it coming. It was just hours before the NBA’s trade deadline, a notoriously nerve-racking day. A friend asked White whether he thought he’d get traded, but White shook off the thought. Besides, he was starting to find his groove, averaging career numbers as the San Antonio Spurs’ starting shooting guard.

He was sitting in his hotel room, as he and his teammates were beginning a long road trip. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called White to meet. Something shifted in White. He didn’t have the best feeling. He knew something was up.

“Pop’s coming to my room,” he called and told his wife, Hannah. “I don’t know what this means.”

His instincts would soon be proved right: Popovich told the fifth-year Spur that he had been traded to the Boston Celtics. “I was shocked,” White says. In a few seconds, his life suddenly looked completely different.

Where am I going to live? he thought. (READ FULL STORY HERE).