The Boston Celtics wrapped up their day on the NBA trade deadline Thursday by trading Daniel Theis and Javonte Green for Moritz Wagner and Luke Kornet.
Here are five things to know about the trade: a three-team team that involved the Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.
This deal was salary garbage
The Celtics almost certainly don’t think they are a better team having traded Theis, their starting center in last year’s race to the Eastern Conference Finals, for Wagner, who played 15 minutes a game for a poor team from Washington whose starting center is out. for the season. Luke Kornet could reportedly be resigned. The Celtics needed to get out of the luxury tax to avoid the repeat tax, and they had to ensure that if they somehow made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, they would stay out of the luxury tax.
Wagner and Kornet are free agents after the season.
The Wizards turned down Wagner’s option, so his money goes off the books after the season. The Bulls signed Kornet to a two-year, $ 4.5 million deal in 2019, which also ends after this season.
Wagner will likely be asked to back Thompson and Rob Williams.
Wagner isn’t likely to play any big minutes, especially when Robert Williams shows flashes. Instead, Wagner will likely be the Celtics’ third great player off the bench, which is similar to his role in Washington.
With the Wizards, Wagner showed some potential as a great pick-and-roll: At 6-foot-11, he scored a respectable 1.22 points per possession as the man on the roll. You can go to the rim and tap and pop, which could replace a little look for what Theis brought to the table.
Kornet and Wagner have some shooting potential.
It’s unclear if the Celtics will keep Kornet at this stage. If he stays, both he and Wagner have shooting potential. In his first and second seasons, Kornet played for the New York Knicks, where he scored four 3-pointers per game and shot 35.4 and 36.3 percent. In Chicago, his shooting numbers have dropped, but his shooting still seems fluid. Kendrick Perkins is a great believer.
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Meanwhile, Wagner was projected to be a solid shooter out of college – he shot nearly 40 percent in his sophomore and junior seasons from deep. However, he has never been a good free-throw shooter, which is often a more reliable indicator.
In either case, teams can’t just leave Wagner or Kornet open in pick-and-pop situations, which could come in handy.
The Celtics may still be looking for a center.
For Athletic Jared Weiss, the Celtics will likely give up Kornet and look for a center in the acquisition market. Options could include Andre Drummond or LaMarcus Aldridge. Danny Ainge may not have finished negotiating yet.
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