The Boston Celtics had been concerned in a pair of strikes to reshuffle their roster Friday that noticed them ship out middle Tristan Thompson and produce again three gamers: guard Kris Dunn and middle Bruno Fernando from the Atlanta Hawks, and guard Josh Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks.
The primary deal noticed Thompson wind up with the Kings, guard Delon Wright go from Sacramento to Atlanta, and Dunn and Fernando wind up in Boston, sources informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Boston additionally acquired a 2023 second-round choose within the deal, sources stated.
Later Friday, Boston struck one other deal, with sources confirming that the Celtics landed Richardson from the Mavericks by utilizing the rest of the commerce exception created by the sign-and-trade deal that despatched Gordon Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets final November.
Boston now has 13 gamers with absolutely assured contracts for subsequent season, and are round $5 million in assured cash beneath the projected luxurious tax line of $136.6 million for the 2021-22 season, in line with ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
The Celtics will enter free company subsequent week with no less than one vital choice forward of them: the potential for re-signing guard Evan Fournier, whom they acquired with the rest of the Hayward commerce exception in March within the hours main as much as the commerce deadline. With their present roster state of affairs, re-signing Fournier would push the Celtics effectively into the luxurious tax for subsequent season.
Richardson, who will flip 28 in September, is about to play on his fourth group in as a few years within the wake of back-to-back disappointing seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and Mavericks. After being acquired by the Sixers in a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler two summers in the past, Richardson struggled to discover a slot in Philadelphia. Then, after being swapped for Seth Curry in the course of the 2020 NBA draft final November, Richardson averaged 12.1 factors for Dallas however tied a career-low in taking pictures 33 p.c from 3-point vary.
He additionally went from beginning all however three common season video games for the Mavericks to coming off the bench for all seven video games of Dallas’ first-round sequence loss to the Clippers — together with enjoying lower than 10 minutes in every of the ultimate three video games of that sequence.
Richardson, who had a participant choice for the 2021-22 season, will train that choice to stay underneath contract as a part of this deal.
The NBA’s 2021 free-agent signing interval is about to start on Aug. 2, simply days after the 2021 NBA draft.
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Thompson, 30, averaged 7.6 factors and eight.1 rebounds in 54 video games for the Celtics final season, his first time enjoying wherever exterior of Cleveland, the place he spent the primary 9 years of his NBA profession. However with the emergence of third-year middle Robert Williams III, plus the return of middle Al Horford as a part of the Kemba Walker commerce final month, there wasn’t a necessity for Thompson any longer in Boston.
Now, although, he is headed to Sacramento, the place he’ll give the Kings insurance coverage on the middle spot with starter Richaun Holmes set to be an unrestricted free agent Monday.
Dunn, 27, performed simply 4 video games in the course of the common season as he handled a number of damage points, after which noticed a complete of 33 minutes of motion throughout 5 playoff video games throughout Atlanta’s run to the Japanese Convention finals. If wholesome, the previous Windfall School star may present the Celtics some protection on the wing.
Fernando, who will flip 23 in August, averaged 1.5 factors throughout 33 video games final yr for Atlanta. He was the thirty fourth choose within the 2019 NBA draft.
Wright averaged 10.2 factors, 4.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 63 video games break up between the Detroit Pistons and the Kings final season. The 29-year-old, now enjoying for his sixth group, offers Atlanta some depth within the backcourt behind Trae Younger, the place he can both be his backup or play alongside impending free agent Lou Williams if the Hawks are in a position to re-sign him.
All 5 gamers concerned in each offers are on contracts that can expire on the finish of the 2021-22 season. Richardson will make $11.6 million subsequent season; Thompson is about to make $9.7 million; Wright will make $8.5 million; Dunn will make simply over $5 million and Fernando is about to make $1.7 million.
The Athletic was first to report the Celtics buying Richardson.