Boom. Firweorks. Well, maybe not. It’s not Kevin Love or Rajon Rondo, but the Boston Celtics have jumped in a the third wheel in a somewhat major trade that will net them Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, a first round draft pick. ESPN’s Marc Stein broke the news.
The Celtics will use their trade exception to take on Marcus Thornton’s expiring salary ($8.5 million) and also acquire a young center in Zeller and a future first round pick. That pick will come from Cleveland.
In short, this is a GREAT deal for the Celtics. This is exactly how you want to use trade exceptions, take on a bad expiring contract from a team needing to shed salary while also grabbing a few assets in return. Zeller and that pick are both nice assets. Taking on Thornton’s contract is no big deal, the Celtics have the trade exceptions necessary and weren’t planning on any huge free agent moves anyway.
Draft Pick Tally for the Celtics:
2 first round picks in the 2015 draft.
3 first round picks in the 2016 draft.
The rights to swap with Brooklyn in the 2017 draft.
2 first round picks in the 2018 draft.
I’ll have more on this trade throughout the day, including more info about Zeller and Thornton as well as new possibilities brought to the light by acquiring more assets. Just note, regardless of whether the Celtics are trying to trade for a superstar or build through the draft, this is a GREAT trade. Boston was clear winners Cleveland and Brooklyn were looking to shed salary.