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$10.3 million trade exception, star of the trade

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 16, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks and Kris Humphries posed with their new Celtics jerseys. At right are head coach Brad Stevens and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.




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The Celtics acquired a $10.3 million traded player exception as part of the Nets swap. That's an insanely valuable asset for a team that could put itself in position to vault back to contender status -- and remain there -- if it makes the right steps moving forward.

The trade exception will expire on July 12, 2014, meaning it has to be used soon after the moratorium lifts next summer. But the sign-and-trade options it affords could bring in a star-caliber player. If another team desires to shed salary and head into its own rebuild mode by moving on from a star player, Boston can absorb that talent.

But by clearing additional cap clog, the Celtics have potential to stomp on the rebuilding accelerator pedal in a year's time, particularly if a young core is nurtured this season. Boston owns two first-round picks next June (its own and Brooklyn's), which will allow it to add to its growing cluster of low-cost bodies. If the Celtics can shed additional salary and have the trade exception at their disposal, there's the potential to add impact bodies (or generate more picks by taking on a bad contract), that could give Boston an extra push through the muddy transition state.

Of course, this puts a little pressure on Boston's front office. The trade exception will expire on July 12, 2014, meaning it has to be used soon after the moratorium lifts next summer. But the sign-and-trade options it affords could bring in a star-caliber player. Just check out NBA Reference's player contract register and examine potential options in the $10 million range for the 2014-15 season (or pick two $5 million bodies). If another team desires to shed salary and head into its own rebuild mode by moving on from a star player, Boston can absorb that talent.


This trade exception could be bigger then any player that came over from Brooklyn. It could lead to a star player potentially. The trade exception gives the Celtics an option to get better in a shorter time. With the stock in picks Danny has also. Danny wasn't kidding when he said this team is in better shape for this reconstruction of the roster, compared to when he took over this team with Pierce as the star and leader. I think it helps that Danny has more time in his position, and more experience to build off of. I think the so called rebuild won't last very long, call it wishful thinking, but Danny has set the team up to win again in a couple of seasons.

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Reply rcraig617
1:34 PM on July 16, 2013 
I didn't know about this trade exception, this coupled with humphries 10 mil contract gives us alot of flexibility once the season is done or if a team like indiana thinks granger won't resign they might be willing to trade him to us either way this exception and humphries contract gives us 20 mil total to use once humphries is gone.