The Celtics continued their offseason overhaul Friday night with their second trade of the offseason. Boston will send Tristan Thompson to the Atlanta Hawks for Kris Dunn, Bruno Fernando and a second-round pick in 2023, a league source confirmed to MassLive.com. ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to break the news.
The Celtics are leaving Thompson and are able to resolve part of their costly frontline standoff after acquiring Al Horford and Moses Brown from the Oklahoma City Thunder last month. Thompson will be a useful replacement for Atlanta immediately to replace Onyeka Okongwu who is sidelined for several months after shoulder surgery.
In exchange for Thompson, the Celtics slashed their payrolls a bit and also took a look at a defensive mindset at Kris Dunn who could be a low-cost replacement option for Kemba Walker. Dunn only played four games last season due to an ankle injury. Fernando is also expected to provide additional depth for Boston as a cheap money-making center.
According to a league source, the Celtics will create a new trade exception in the deal. They’ll take Dunn in a $ 4.7 million trade exception created last season when the Celtics sold Enes Kanter to the Blazers. Bruno Fernando will also fit into one of Boston’s other exceptions, which allows the Celtics to create a new $ 9.2 million traded player exception in place of Tristan Thompson’s outgoing salary.
The Celtics also saved around $ 3 million in salary for next season as part of the deal and now have 14 players under contract for next year (12 guaranteed)
Current Celtics Depth Table
Gardes : Brown, Smart, Pritchard, Dunn, Edwards
Attaquants : Tatum, Nesmith, Langford, G. Williams, Parker
Grands : R. Williams, Horford, M. Brown, Fernando
Agents libres actuels : Evan Fournier, Luke Kornet, Semi Ojeleye, Tremont Waters, Tacko Fall
Thompson averaged 7.6 PPG and 8.1 RPGs in his lone season in Boston, starting in 43 of his 54 games. Fernando is entering his third season after playing 89 games for Atlanta in the past two years. He was out of the rotation last season as the Hawks added a lot of frontcourt depth.