The Celtics swooped in with a blockbuster transfer of their very own on Sunday, reportedly buying former Bucks All-Star Jrue Vacation from the Path Blazers after he was dealt as a part of the commerce that despatched Damian Lillard to Milwaukee.
Vacation, a two-time All-Star and five-time All-Protection choice, reportedly needed to be traded to the Celtics, however important obstacles stood in the way in which. The Celtics have an costly roster and wanted to 100% match Vacation’s $36 million cap hit in any deal. Moreover, the Blazers have been searching for a number of first-round picks, and with numerous groups in pursuit of Vacation, the Celtics have been compelled to offer them up.
However on Sunday morning, Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and the Blazers got here to an settlement — sending Vacation to Boston in change for Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams, the Warriors’ 2024 first-round choose (acquired from the Grizzlies as a part of the deal Marcus Good/Kristaps Porzingis commerce) and an unprotected first-round choose in 2029.
The Celtics can have an intriguing combination of acquainted and new faces — Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and Al Horford will all return to the common rotation, with Vacation and Kristaps Porzingis each getting into the combination.
The Blazers, in the meantime, picked up two additional first-round picks, bringing their whole tally of their commerce for Damian Lillard to 3 first-rounders (together with two unprotected picks far sooner or later, in addition to unprotected choose swaps in 2028 and 2039 with Milwaukee. Moreover, the Blazers added Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, Williams, and Brogdon. Each Brogdon and Williams may seemingly herald further draft capital down the road if the Blazers select.
We can have extra on this commerce later this afternoon.
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