Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Celtics urge to target $30m Sharpshooter: Exec

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After Danilo Gallinari tore his cruciate ligament in late August, the NBA awarded the Boston Celtics a Disabled Player Exception worth $3.23 million. The Celtics can apply such an exception to a free agent for the remainder of the current season, which can be useful when veteran players are bought out mid-season.

An Eastern Conference executive spoke to Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney about who the Celtics could potentially target, except that he should hit the buyout market: Detroit Pistons’ Alec Burks.

“Alec Burks is back and he’s playing for the Pistons, they’re hoping to add value to him to trade him, but if they can’t do that, he’d be a buyout candidate and a fit in Boston, they can give him a little bit more money with this DPE,” the manager told Deveney.

After playing for the New York Knicks from 2020-2022, Burks was traded to the Pistons along with Nerlens Noel and second-round picks in what was essentially a salary deposit that provided the necessary margin to sign Jalen Brunson in free agency opened.

In terms of records, the Pistons are the worst team in the Eastern Conference at 3-15. Burks is in the second year of a three-year contract, with his final year having a team option.

At the moment, the Celtics have a full roster of 15 players, although Noah Vonleh and Justin Jackson’s contracts are both non-guaranteed and Luke Kornet’s is partially guaranteed. If the Celtics plan to add someone on the open market, they can either get rid of one of them or trade one of their players who is on a fully guaranteed contract.

Although the Celtics have the DPE due to Gallinari’s injury, the executive later told Deveney they likely won’t use it because they have the $6.9 million trade waiver for Juancho Hernangomez and the $5.9 million trade waiver for Dennis Schroder to have.

“They’re using the trade exception rather than the disabled player thing and I don’t think they plan on using it at all,” the manager told Deveney. “If someone else gets hurt, that could change. But with the TPE, they can make a bigger impact.”

According to Spotrac, the Celtics have until January 19, 2023 to use the Hernangomez TPE and February 10, 2023 to use the Schroder TPE. The Celtics have other TPEs from Enes Kanter Freedom, Bruno Fernando, Bol Bol and PJ Dozier, but those exceptions are worth $2.1 million or less.

On November 21, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype wrote an article detailing which player out of all 30 NBA teams is most likely to be traded. Despite making it sound like a trade wasn’t likely, Scotto Gallinari named the Celtics’ top trade candidate.

“Most leaders in the league don’t see the Celtics making a trade with the continuity of their young core. Should Boston want to tinker with their roster and improve their rotation depth, Danilo Gallinari’s $6.48 million salary can be used as a trade filler,” Scotto said.

Before the Celtics game against the Bulls, Gallinari made two social media posts. One with teammate Grant Williams and another by him doing some drills on the Bulls court.

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