The Celtics are close to a deal that will bring them magic guard Evan Fournier in exchange for two future second-round picks, according to a league source.
According to the source, Boston is expected to use its $ 28.5 million trade exception created as part of the Gordon Hayward signing and trade. Thursday noon, at three o’clock from the deadline, the agreement was not yet finalized. The Celtics had shown interest in Magic forward Aaron Gordon, but he was traded to the Nuggets shortly after the Celtics landed Fournier.
This season, Fournier is averaging a career-high 19.7 points per game while shooting 38.8% over the 3-point line. He is in the final year of a five-year, $ 85 million contract and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. But basketball president Danny Ainge has declared his reluctance to make a deal for a rental player, so if Boston completes that trade he would likely be confident he will be able to re-sign Fournier at the end of the season. season.
Fournier appeared to confirm he was on his own to Boston on Thursday afternoon. Well, sort of. He posted on Twitter: “Hi Celtics fans, if you don’t know me please google my last name. You’re welcome. Then he added a shamrock emoji at the end of his post.
Fournier once made this joke on Twitter, a reference to a rare form of gangrene that bears the same name.
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NBA Business Updates
Raptors send Norman Powell to the Trail Blazers – 12:46 p.m.
Portland sends Gary Trent and Rodney Hood to Toronto.
76ers acquire George Hill from Thunder – 12:46 p.m.
Philadelphia will part ways with Tony Bradley, Terrance Ferguson and two future second-round picks. Austin Rivers will travel to Oklahoma City as part of a three-way deal, according to ESPN. Ferguson goes to the Knicks, who send Iggy Brazdeikis to Philadelphia.
Kings Trade Nemanja Bjelica For Heat – 12:40 p.m.
Miami sends Moe Harkless and Chris Silva to Sacramento, according to ESPN.
Wizards trade Troy Brown and Mo Wagner at the Bulls for Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchinson – 12:26 p.m.
Magic sends Aaron Gordon to the Nuggets – 12:22 p.m.
Orlando will receive Gary Harris, RJ Hampton and Denver’s first-round pick in 2025, according to ESPN. Harris was a first-round pick in 2014 after playing at Michigan State and spent his entire seven-year career in Denver. Hampton was Denver’s first-round pick in the 2020 draft.
Magic send center Nikola Vucevic and striker Al-Farouq Aminu at the Bulls – 11:02 am
Chicago sends center Wendell Carter Jr., forward Otto Porter Jr., and two first-round picks in Orlando, according to multiple reports.
Cavaliers Trade Center Javale McGee aux Nuggets – 10h02
Cleveland will get Isaiah Hartenstein and two future protected second-round picks from Denver, according to ESPN.
Pistons trade guard Delon Wright to Kings
Sacramento sends guard Cory Joseph and two second-round picks to Detroit, according to ESPN. Wright, 28, averages 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Pistons this season and is guaranteed $ 8.5 million for next season.