Boston Celtics Trade Grades: Assessing the team’s Trade Deadline moves

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Boston Celtics first trade of the day:

Well that didn’t last long. Bol Bol and PJ Dozier‘s tenure with the Celtics lasted less than a month, and saw them combine to log 0 minutes of game action with the team. Then again, that was somewhat expected, but it’s certainly been a strange couple of weeks for the former Denver Nuggets reserves.

In case you forgot, the Celtics picked up both Bol and Dozier in January from a three team deal with the Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. The move was made with the intent of clearing Juancho Hernangomez’s salary off the books, as both Bol and Dozier were (and still currently are) injured for the foreseeable future.

In the same line of thought, that’s exactly was this deal did for the Celtics. Bol and Dozier have some potential as backend of the rotation guys in the future, but Dozier is a free agent after the season ends, and Bol has been very tough to count on to start his career. There was no sense holding onto either of these guys when they didn’t really have to.

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The Celtics could have gotten under the luxury tax threshold by just cutting either one of these guys, but they decided to package them with a second round pick and some cash to presumably get a better second round pick in return from the Orlando Magic. It’s certainly not the most exciting move ever made, but it was quite beneficial for the C’s.

Realistically, Boston got a second round pick in return for two guys that probably weren’t a part of their long-term future. They also got under the luxury tax threshold, which is a huge plus heading into the offseason. Moves like this mean relatively little in terms of on-court production, but off the court, this was an impactful move for the Celtics, and it helped pave the way for the two other deals that were made today happen. Grade: A