By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Celtics are moving assets.
And all of Australia, too.
After acquiring the No. 24 and No. 33 pick from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 20 overall pick (Mattise Thybulle), the Celtics have flipped the No. 24 overall pick, along with center Aron Baynes, to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick.
But the pick is not the Suns', unfortunately, but rather the 2020 first-round pick the Suns received from the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade made in Nov. 2017, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe. Sending Milwaukee's pick to the Celtics gives Danny Ainge and Co. three picks in next year's draft, with their own, Milwaukee's, and a top-six protected Memphis pick.
Boston is receiving Milwaukee's 2020 first-round pick from Phoenix, sources say; MIL traded it to the Suns for Eric Bledsoe.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 21, 2019
The Suns (by way of the Celtics) used the No. 24 overall pick on Ty Jerome.
Baynes' inclusion in the deal is a slight deviation from what was expected earlier in the day, as it was believed that the Celtics were going to trade Baynes to a contender. That can still happen, of course, but it will have to be by way of the Suns.
By ditching Baynes, as well as moving back in the draft, the Celtics have gained close to $8 million in additional cap space.
How they spend that is anybody's guess at this point.