Re: Potential Trade Partner - $10-million under CBA minimum salary
posted at 8/28/2013 6:35 PM EDT
Celtics Want to Move Overpaid Veterans
In the aforementioned Celtics-Nets megatrade, Boston received three first-round picks, a young talent in MarShon Brooks and a number of overpriced veterans to make the salaries work in exchange for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
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Now that the team is in a full-blown rebuild mode, C’s brass is reportedly interested in moving Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace—two of the three highest-paid players on the roster.
As per Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Celtics would “love” to dump Wallace’s and Humphries’ salaries onto another team and would even be willing to give up Brandon Bass.
Humphries is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $12 million for the upcoming 2012-13 campaign, while Wallace is one of the league’s worst values, with more than $30 million left on his current deal, which expires after the 2015-16 season.
Bass, a quality starter in the right situation, is owed just under $14 million for the next two years.
With head coach Brad Stevens and GM Danny Ainge looking to completely overhaul the roster and build the Celtics back into a contender from the ground up, it would be wise to discard these three players prior to the season—but without taking back any bloated contracts.
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It’s much easier said than done, which is likely why the Celtics haven’t signed off on any deals ridding themselves of these high-priced vets.