It could be a very short stay for Kris Dunn on the Boston Celtics roster. Brad Stevens–a man that is not afraid to engage with opposing general managers in the first summer in charge–could continue to wheel and deal with a Dunn trade.
Back on draft night, Adam Himmelsbach reported that there was interest in moving the Providence product before ever suiting up in green and rerouting him in the original three-way deal that rid the Cs of Tristan Thompson.
It’s possible that talks could start back up, especially with the signing of Dennis Schroder this past Monday. That deal was a steal and Stevens’ momentum could lead to one last shrewd transaction.
Before we get into specific deals, the Houdini figured we could explore teams with multiple ways to get a deal done.
Potential Boston Celtics Kris Dunn trade partner #1: Oklahoma City Thunder
OKC has been the island of misfit toys in recent seasons, with guys being traded there with the intention of being bought out or rerouted quickly. Al Horford was an offseason salary dump last year, and he resulted in Kemba Walker arriving for a cup of coffee before returning to his home city with the New York Knicks.
Kris Dunn is a far cheaper salary to absorb, but Brad Stevens could look to flip his salary for one slightly smaller as well. While Lu Dort would be a dream target off the pine for Ime Udoka, it’s far likelier the Thunder would give up Ty Jerome or Isaiah Roby.
That would move the Cs further away from the tax line. Alternatively, Boston could seek to open up a roster spot for one of the Summer League Cs to join the roster in such a salary dump.