The Boston Celtics currently boasts eight trade exceptions, each worth between $17.1 million and $1.9 million.
And while it’s highly unlikely that the Celtics use all of their exceptions before they expire, it’s reasonable to believe that some of them will. Of course, there are some rules for these kinds of exceptions, making things a little more complicated.
First of all, they cannot be used in conjunction with each other, for example, you cannot add a $6 million and $17 million exception to facilitate a $23 million buyback. You also cannot aggregate a player’s salary on an exception.
However, with such a slew of deals around the league, Boston still has plenty of options to choose from with a multitude of slots. And, according to CelticsBlog’s Keith Smith, Phoenix Suns’ Cameron Johnson could be an ideal target to bolster Boston’s bench rotation.
“Johnson is one of the few players making under $10 million on this list. But the Sun is making noise about wanting to lower their likely tax bill, especially if they re-contract with Deandre Ayton or get paid in an Ayton consignment deal. That could make Johnson ready. Young shooter with good size? Perfect target for even smaller TPEs,” writes Smith.
The Phoenix Suns forward is currently making $5.8 million, meaning he would be a direct match with the $6.9 million Juancho Hernangomez commercial exception, which would still leave Evan in full. Fournier TPE gives the Celtics to aim for a bigger fish, if they so choose.
How does Johnson fit in?
At six feet eight, Johnson is the real size for a power striker, and fits the modern mold of a four-meter stretch, converting 42.5% of his three-point efforts. him this season.
Johnson has been a major player in his career, starting just 36 of the 183 games he’s been in during his three years in the league, meaning he’d be a good fit for the role Boston could be. planned for him.
More importantly, Johnson has spent his entire NBA career playing Monty Williams’ 0.5 philosophy, which is something Ime Udoka started doing in Boston, thus making the transition easy a bit more about matching the team’s attack pattern.
Brad Stevens has been vocal about adding “shoot with size”, and given Johnson’s 12.5 points, on 46% of range targets, he could be a cost-effective addition to the shoot, co. time creates a clear gap in the rotation.
Does Boston make a deal?
When it comes to trade talk, the biggest question is always ‘what do they have to give up?’ and for the Celtics, that seems like a difficult question to answer. Boston has eliminated many draft picks since Brad Stevens took his place in the main office, and they have very few young players not expected to have a role next season.
Perhaps the Celtics can entice the Suns with a heavily defended second-round pick, as that would allow them to make a commercial exception of their own and remove Johnson’s contract from their current limit sheet. surname.
It’s also important to note that Johnson is entering the final year of his contract, so Boston probably won’t want to part ways too much to get a good deal. This move will therefore need to be a limited offset move by the Suns and given their current situation with DeAndre Ayton, it could be their best move once the free agency opens in June 30th.
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