Re: the $10M Trade exception?
posted at 7/16/2013 1:21 PM EDT
Some teams allow trade exceptions to expire without using them, and that's possible here if Ainge doesn't find the right deal. But the Celtics now have another asset that could help them acquire talent. Ainge could be in good shape going into next summer, when his list of assets will look like this:
1. Talented young (or young-ish, in some cases) players: Rajon Rondo, Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley and Jeff Green should all have varying amounts of trade value. (Note: Bradley will be a restricted free agent.)
2. Plenty of draft picks: The Celtics will have two picks in the 2014 draft (their own and Brooklyn's), plus seven picks over the four following drafts. Niccceeeeeee.
3. Bogans and Bass' contract situations: Because the Celtics (reportedly, at least) included two non-guaranteed years on Bogans' new $5 million per season deal, he could be particularly helpful in facilitating a trade. Teams could acquire Bogans as part of a deal and then waive him immediately, saving $5 million in cap space in the process.
Also a potential chip: Brandon Bass. The power forward's current deal extends through 2014-15, so you'll probably starting hearing him referred to as "Brandon Bass' expiring contract" at this time next year – a name change that should be good for his trade value.
4. The trade exception: Since I went over it above, I won't do it again.
I'm not saying the Celtics will become championship contenders by the end of next summer, but Ainge has plenty of flexibility as he moves forward in this rebuilding process. He could potentially target a veteran star if one becomes available, look to acquire a top 5 draft pick or try his best to do both. The Celtics roster doesn't currently make a lot of sense, but the team isn't set up poorly for a rebuild. Not at all, but of course what matters most is what Ainge does from here.