Boston Celtics pulled the trigger for a small-time three-team trade that will serve them down the road as they will avoid the luxury tax.
More specifically, The Nuggets will send Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier to the Celtics, and the Spurs will acquire Boston forward Juancho Hernangomez and Denver’s 2028 second-round pick, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Nuggets are also acquiring sharpshooter and 2021 NBA champion Bryn Forbes in the deal. The Celtics will save approximately $4.3 million in salary on the deal, which will help them avoid the luxury tax.
Boston has not have immediate plans to waive Bol Bol and PJ Dozier, however, several reports suggest they may be active in the trade deadline, as they made Dennis Schroder and Aaron Nesmith available to teams.
“Boston has no immediate plans to waive Dozier or Bol, certainly not before the Feb. 10 trade deadline, sources said. Bol, who failed a physical with the Pistons last week, voiding a trade with Denver, could return this season. Both Bol’s and Dozier’s Bird Rights could be useful for the Celtics this summer.”Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN
Bol Bol was part of the deal that sent him to Detroit last week, but, the trade was voided due to failed physical examination. Bol was then announced that he would be ruled out for the next 8-12 weeks after undergoing a foot surgery.
Hernangomez, 26, has played sparingly since arriving to the Celtics in the offseason, and he may be on his way for a return to Europe next season, according to reports from Spain.
Forbes played his first four NBA seasons with the Spurs before winning a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2020-21 season. He will be a valid bench option for the injury-riddled Denver Nuggets.