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The Boston Celtics trade the Intel three weeks after the trade deadline

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The NBA trade season is in full swing. Well, trade Common Season is more like it. This is because nothing is actually moving forward at the moment.

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So far, the only deal we’ve seen of the season has been her Boston Celtics Noah Fonleigh trading San Antonio Spurs In a move to save taxes. Aside from that which was definitely not popular was the crickets.

However, there are rumors spreading all over the place. CelticsBlog has put together some info on what we’re hearing regarding Boston and the trading market, as we sit about three weeks from trading deadline day.

  • Boston has registered an interest in Jacob Bultel from the Spurs. The Celtics and Spurs have become business partners twice over the past year, securing a deal for Derrick White before last season’s deadline and a trade for Vonleh two weeks ago.

In Poeltl, sources tell CelticsBlog that the Celtics were more interested before Robert Williams returned to the court. With Williams back in the fold, Boston feels less of a need to make the trade for another big business. In addition, other sources have said that the Celtics-Bultle matchup is unlikely to be a long-term one, due to the center’s desire to start and secure a $20 million per-season deal this offseason.

  • League sources indicate that the Celtics have been active in trade talks for players making less than $7 million for the season. This suggested Boston was trying to use either the $6.9 million traded player exception (TPE) from the Juancho Hernangomez deal before it expired on January 19 or the $5.9 million TPE from the Dennis Schroeder trade.

A source close to the situation told CelticsBlog, “It probably won’t happen. Using a small trade exception requires finding the exact right player. That’s tough to do.”

  • Other sources said the Celtics seem more focused on adding a winger before the trade deadline. One rival team told CelticsBlog, “They want someone else to take the burden of (Jayson) Tatum and (Jaylen) Brown. Brad (Stevens) and Joe (Mazzola) both know they can’t play 40 minutes a night and make the Finals. They didn’t.” Tatum wasn’t joking when he said he was gassed last June.”

Other sources said the Celtics are not looking to transfer players in a winger deal. Instead, Boston focused on moving draft picks to a lower-paying player.

  • Several sources said Boston had placed a protected first-round pick in trade talks or multiple second-round picks on hold. Various sources told the CelticsBlog, “They don’t move the rotation man. They think the best 8-9 players are tough and get along well with anyone they’ll face in the playoffs. They’re looking to add a regular season player, not necessarily a playoff player.”
  • “I bet nothing is done by trade. Another transfer first is very risky. That is getting to a place where you put very little in the draft. You need those picks to fill depth behind what will be a really expensive team,” said a source close to the trade talks. In a few years.” I bet they will be more active in the buying market.”
  • According to multiple sources, the luxury tax is not a barrier for Boston. Brad Stevens has the property backing to add to his tax bill if he thinks it increases the chance of a title. One source said, “They’re all in for the title. If that means spending more, then so be it. Yeah, they dumped (Noah) Fonle, but that was smart. They saved up a little money for them to spend later. The owners want a title as much as the office does.” frontman, coaches and players. They know that means spending some dough.”
  • One league source called the Celtics “incognito”. They said, ‘You never hear about anything they do until they do it. Who got them to get (Derek) White last year? How about (Malcolm) Brogdon this summer? Nobody. Brad (Stevens) and Mike (Zarin) and the whole crew keep their business to themselves. Our running joke is “If you heard about it with Boston, it wouldn’t happen!” And it’s true. They don’t have leaks there anymore.”
  • Various sources told CelticsBlog that they expect Boston to be the number one destination in the acquisition market. One source said, “They don’t need the trade. Why bother? They don’t need anything. Brad (Stevens) has already given Joe[everything he needs]and that the Gallo (Danilo Gallinari) exception (the crippled player exception) would allow them to spend more.” Than anyone else on a possession guy. They can let the deadline pass and then pick the best free agent or two to deepen the game. And all the vets will want the Celtics because they can get paid and they can win.”
  • One opposing team executive summed it up by telling the CelticsBlog, “They’re in first place. When they’re full, they hit the teams by a million. It would be stupid to do the trade. And I’m not saying that just hoping they don’t get stronger. Still Brad (Stevens) A coach at heart. He knows you can’t mess with good chemistry and their chemistry is up there with the best in the league. These guys have the drive to finish the job this time around. I bet they added one or two possession guys and that’s it. But until then, those guys are going to have to Guys it’s okay to ride. Brad (Stevens) isn’t messing with a good thing right now.”

There are a few deadlines to keep in mind for Boston over the coming weeks:

  • Jan. 19 – Juancho Hernangomez’s $6.9 million TPE expires
  • January 20 – Two-way contracts become fully secured. Boston is not likely to move from JD Davison or Mfiondu Kabengele
  • Feb. 9 3:00 p.m. ET — NBA trade deadline
  • Feb. 10 – Dennis Schroder’s $5.9M TPE expires (functionally expires on trade deadline day unless used in a waiver claim on Feb. 10)
  • The Celtics also have several smaller TPEs that will also expire on February 10th. Boston could use two of them to absorb a player or demand a minimum salary from him, but no more than that. Reminder: TPEs cannot be pooled together, nor combined with players’ salaries, to win back more money per trade!

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