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Among the players coming to Boston are Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries. However, CSNNE Celtics insider Sherrod Blakely has learned that the team may be looking to deal those two. Wallace has three years left on his contract, while Humphries has only one year left on his.
The Celtics currently have more players than they can keep on the active roster, thus the possibility of trades.
This isn’t exactly the most shocking news in the world. The Celtics didn’t get Humphries and Wallace because they wanted Humphries and Wallace. They got them because they were a means to an end… specifically the means to the end of the Paul Pierce era, and the best available way to get assets in return for that. Now that that mission has been accomplished, it’s time to move on.
Thanks for your service guys, we’ll be sure to take out a full-page ad for you guys in the local papers, too. Or maybe a little blurb in the “missed connections” on craigslist. Either or.
As for who might be interested? That’s an excellent question. We should all know by now that Humphries is on the last year of his deal, which pays him $12 million. Wallace has three years left at $10.1 million per. That’s going to make it difficult to move, so there’s a chance Wallace plays for a little bit to prove he’s healthy (especially mentally, after admitting last year that his confidence was shot) and able to help some team win.
I see a lot of Humphries hate around here, but I’m convinced that’s because of his Kardashian connection more than anything. He’s nowhere near as bad a some people make him out to be, but the post-Kim attitude about him has stuck with him like some sort of celebrity-transmitted disease. There will be a team that’s interested in him at some point.
As for the rules about when these guys can be moved:
[the player cannot be traded] for two months after receiving the player in trade, if the trade aggregates the player’s salary with the salaries of other players. However, the team is free to trade the player immediately, either by himself or without aggregating his salary with other salaries. This restriction applies only to teams over the salary cap.
A lot of this is still up in the air, because we don’t know yet how this deal was specifically structured. This is where the type of person who has been recruited to crack codes for the NSA steps in and sorts things out. But in layman’s terms, if Humphries was acquired in a multi-player deal to make this deal work financially, then the Celtics have to wait two months to move him in another trade that needs more than one player to work financially. They can trade him on his own immediately.
However, it’s very possible the C’s could have actually executed 4 separate trades here. Bogans could have been acquired in a 1-for-1 with Terry. Same with Humphries and Garnett. Without knowing exactly how the deal was structured yet, it’s not 100% clear how the rules can be applied.
The bottom line here is neither Humphries nor Wallace will play in Boston if Danny Ainge has his way. And if they do play, it’s to showcase them for other teams so they can be moved.
One of the local writers mentioned on Twitter yesterday that the Celtics press conference to talk about the trade is scheduled for Monday with Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, “and the new Celtics.” No mention was made of who those new Celtics might be. So don’t be shocked if something happens soon, too.
The formula is quite simple, folks. The Celtics roster is packed, and Danny doesn’t want it to be. Guys WILL move before the summer is over. Something WILL happen. It’s just a matter of who and when.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Kevin McHale a big fan of Olynyk’s game | Rest assured, Kidd can handle vets | Connection with Rajon Rondo | Globe: Celtics, Nets finalize blockbuster deal | Kidd excited about additions of Pierce, Garnett | Celtics crush Orlando in final Summer League game | CSNNE: Scal: Give Ainge credit | What word best sums up Pierce’s legacy in Boston? | Report: Sixers to interview Larranaga | How Celtics players fared in Summer League | ESPN Boston: Roster reset: A post-trade glance | It’s official: C’s, Nets complete blockbuster | MWDN: Reality sets in as trade made official