Celtics make trade to free up a roster spot ahead of trade deadline
The Boston Celtics have made a move on their main roster, with the intention of freeing up a spot ahead of the 2023 NBA trade deadline.
As first reported by Shams Charania Thursday afternoon, the C’s are trading big man Noah Vonleh and cash considerations to the San Antonio Spurs. According to Brian Robb of MassLive, the Celtics will be receiving a top-55 protected future second-round pick in return.
The move is purely to open up a spot on the roster and cut costs against the luxury tax. According to Keith Smith, the Celtics will save about $7 million against the tax.
Oct 22, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Noah Vonleh (4) rebounds the ball against the Orlando Magic in the first quarter at Amway Center. Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Vonleh, who grew up and attended high school for two years in Haverhill, Mass., played 23 games for the Celtics this season, with one start. The 27-year-old averaged 7.4 minutes per game in a reserve role off the bench, managing to pull down an average of 2.1 rebounds in limited action.
And now, we wait for the next move from Celtics President of Basketball Ops Brad Stevens. The 2023 NBA trade deadline falls on Thursday, Feb. 9, with the buyout market emerging after that. Expect the C’s to fill Vonleh’s spot with an affordable bench piece between now and then.
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