When the deal was struck on February 10th, San Antonio had to say goodbye to a true fan favorite and key piece in the system in favor of more room for its young core and a brighter long-term future. It was certainly a tough choice but one that ended up being necessary, as the Spurs alleviated some of the logjam at the wing position while freeing up some cap space for a big summer.
Although Boston had to give up Josh Richardson, a 2022 1st round pick, and a 2028 1st round pick in the deal, it certainly looks like the trade paid off for them, as they're now set to make their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010. It became apparent very early on that White was exactly the piece the Celtics needed to be a serious title threat, and one Spurs fan knew that just days after the transaction.
"I put down money soon after the trade was made, knowing his defense would make them a contender," said Mike, known as @ItzElNino_ on Twitter. "I parlayed them winning it all with Manchester City winning the league. It was just a why not bet. I'd like to say it's not been a bad one."
Mike made a few parlay bets around the NBA trade deadline, including a Celtics championship on this particular bet he made on February 15th. After Manchester City won another Premier League title on May 22nd, his $50 bet can now turn into $2,170 if Boston can defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
A small bet can yield a massive payday
The Manchester-Boston parlay isn't the only bet he made around the trade deadline that's still alive. On February 17th, he put down $75 on Manchester City, the Celtics, and New York Mets to all win their respective titles.
If Boston can claim the NBA title, a World Series win by the New York Mets can turn that $75 into $15,441. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Mets are leading the NL East Division with a 33-17 record. Still, Mike isn't sure if he has enough faith to let the parlay ride if the Celtics are able to pull of a Finals win.
"I love the Mets, but I won't be taking any more risks," he told me. "If the cash out is anything north of $1,000, I'll take it. Other than that, I might as well leave it there and hope for a Mets win."
Of course, the Celtics will still have to get through Stephen Curry and the dynastic Warriors to even keep the parlays alive, but they've certainly looked like a brand new team since February. Since acquiring White, Boston has gone 32-12, including the NBA Playoffs.
Boston is giving the world a chance to see that Derrick White is a winning player. If they can get the job done, one Spurs fan might be shouting a bit louder than most this June.