The Boston Celtics have already made a great move this offseason with the acquisition of Malcolm Brogdon. But, with their $17.1 million traded player exception (TPE) set to expire on July 17, could the team be in for another big move?
Well, due to adding Brogdon’s contract, it might be unlikely unless Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens can find a move that is hard to resist. In other words, the team may be willing to let it expire given the fact that they have some smaller TPE’s they can use at the NBA Trade Deadline.
Boston Celtics should still try to use their $17.1 million trader player exception
Still, there is hope there can still be some tweaking done to the roster even with the depth the team now has with the addition of Brogdon and the expected singing of Danilo Gallinari.
While both of those players will help off the bench, are there other players out there who the Celtics can capture with that $17.1 million TPE who they can surround the core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart with?
A couple of areas of need will be a backup center. With Al Horford aging another year and the injury concerns with Robert Williams, another capable big man off the bench, who could also start is a need. Also, there can never be enough wing scoring off the bench. While not as oft injured as Williams, Brown has also had his share of injuries over the last couple of seasons.
So, while the Boston Celtics are looking like championship favorites now, Stevens can’t be content with the roster as currently constructed. If there are other moves out there that can be made, go out and make the moves.
In using the $17.1 million TPE, the Celtics will likely have to send players back in a trade, but there are three dynamite trade targets to consider.