Draft Picks Coming: 2014 first round (Brooklyn); 2014 first round (Philadelphia, protected 1-14); 2015 first round (LA Clippers); 2015 second round (Sacramento, 31-55); 2016 first round (Brooklyn); 2016 second round (Miami); 2017 first round (Brooklyn, right to swap); 2017 second round (Sacramento, 31-55); 2018 first round (Brooklyn)
Draft Picks Going: 2014 second round (to Dallas); 2016 second round (to Memphis)
Trade Exceptions: Paul Pierce ($10,280,000), expires July 14, 2014; Fab Melo ($280,000), expires Aug. 15, 2014; Courtney Lee ($2,100,000), expires Jan. 7, 2015
Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax
Amnesty Provision: Available
Stretch Provision: Available
Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer
The huge trade with the Brooklyn Nets signifies the end of an era for the Celtics – and perhaps the start of a new one.
The Celtics did not make themselves better by swapping Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks, but they certainly made themselves younger. In addition to a young nucleus, Boston also has more financial flexibility and good trade assets.
Humphries’ contract comes off the books next summer, freeing up money to sign All-Star guard Rajon Rondo to an extension. There was depth at shooting guard in Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford and Brooks, all three of whom were used as in-season trade chips to net more draft picks. And Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger are still on their rookie deals.
The biggest long-term issues for the Celtics are convincing Rondo to lead the rebuilding effort – which could be easier now that Brad Stevens has replaced Doc Rivers as coach – and the three years and $30 million remaining on Wallace’s deal.
Given Jeff Green’s return to prominence late last season, Wallace could end up being a very expensive reserve. That could make him a candidate for the stretch provision, which allows teams to waive players and spread his salary over more years. Next summer, the Celtics could waive Wallace and spread his remaining $20 million over five years.