There has been a lot of speculation that the Boston Celtics could use one of their 10 Traded Player Exceptions (TPEs) to bring some talent into the squad for the 2022-23 NBA season as they seek to build their capacity in pursuit of the 2023 title.
The crown jewel of all TPEs the Celtics currently possess was the one generated when the team sent veteran guard Evan Fournier to the New York Knicks, which can now be used to absorb a player with no more than 17.1 million. dollars of salary plus $100,000. Then, on the morning of the 2022 NBA Draft, the saga surrounding that pick took a strange turn with broadcaster Arizona Sports 98.7 John Gambadoro reporting that he heard the Knicks would like to send Fournier back to the Celtics using the same TPE.
Initially met with skepticism given the assumption that in-season trading rules wouldn’t allow it, Celtics Blog’s Keith Smith did us all a favor and reached out to a number of people with even greater expertise. than its own considerable chops in this regard.
Surprisingly, Smith reports that such a decision would indeed be allowed if made before June 30, although this opinion is not held in consensus among the cap experts.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Boston will, nor does it mean anyone thinks it’s necessarily a good plan given that Fournier’s tenure with the Celtics wasn’t ideal. But maybe with the right sweetener, the franchise could consider it — yet another rumble for Boston fans to watch.
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