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Celtics end up trading Abdel Nader to Thunder in cost-saving move

Boston is expected to waive Rodney Purvis after the deal is completed.

Abdel Nader
Abdel Nader has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder –Rick Bowmer/AP

The Celtics on Monday traded forward Abdel Nader and cash considerations to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Rodney Purvis.

This is a cost-saving move for Boston, which had intended to waive Nader before this deal emerged. Nader had a partial $450,000 guarantee for next season. His full $1.4 million salary would have been guaranteed if he was still on the roster on Aug. 1. The Celtics are currently above the tax line, so if they had waived Nader they would also have had to pay tax on his $450,000 guarantee if they remained a tax team at season’s end.

Purvis’s deal, meanwhile, is fully non-guaranteed, and Boston is expected to waive him after the deal is completed. According to a league sources, the team told Nader on Saturday that it intended to waive him, but then this trade materialized.