The Boston Celtics have a lot going on this season, but at the same time don’t really have to do anything. It’s confusing, but it’s just a testament to how their roster is built and the success they had as a team last year, reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
They don’t have to do anything as all 10 of their core rotation players are out of contract for next year. However, they have a lot going on as they will find ways to improve and have a $17.1 million TPE that they can use.
When looking at the goals, there are many prominent names surrounding the tournament. Well, one very catchy name mentioned by Keith Smith of CelticsBlog is Evan Fournier of the New York Knicks… the Boston player who got the TPE for. It was an odd situation for sure, but Smith broke it down perfectly.
“So… this is awkward! Usually, teams are restricted to buying back a player they traded in for a year,” Smith wrote. “Because Fournier’s signings and sales happen in between seasons, that restriction only applies to the previous season, not the previous five. So yes, Boston can be exchanged for Fournier through the TPE that was created for him in the first place. “
But just because the Celtics are allowed to trade for Fournier doesn’t mean they should. Plus, if they want to strike a deal, they’ll have to do it soon.
Fournier trade will happen soon
According to Smith, if the Celtics want to strike a deal with Fournier, they will have to do so by early July, as that’s when next year’s tournament officially begins.
“However, that is very unlikely. Fournier is not a perfect fit, plus he has some extra pay years that Boston might find annoying,” Smith explained. “But technically it is possible. Crucially, this would have to happen by June 30. On July 1, Fournier’s contract became too large to fit the Fournier TPE and, therefore, a deal became impossible. Clear as mud? Good! Go ahead! “
As Smith mentioned, Fournier wouldn’t fit very well in Boston. While his shooting ability and play will be appreciated, his lackluster defense could lead him astray in Boston’s dense defensive formation.
Last year for the Knicks, Fournier averaged 14.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists with 41.7% shot from the field and 38.9% shot from distance.
He’s on a sizable contract and based on the Knicks’ recent moves, they may be looking to cash him out sooner rather than later.
Knicks may consider dumping wages
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on June 21 that the Knicks may be looking to free up salary cap space soon in an attempt to sign Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson this summer.
“In their forecast for their off-season deals, the Knicks are said to be targeting around $25 million in room money to be able to go after Dallas Mavericks point guard Jalen Brunson, and they expect will find new homes for Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel, among other moves,” Fischer wrote.
Although Fournier is not mentioned directly, if they can pay him cheaply, they can seize the opportunity. However, the Celtics probably shouldn’t be the team to do that.
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