Thursday, September 16, 2021

Celtics officially announce Juancho Hernangomez trade

The Celtics formally announced the completion of the three-player trade of guards Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards and a 2026 second round pick swap to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Juancho Hernangomez.

Despite the trade being reported on nearly two weeks ago, it could not be made official until Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wonarowski.

Hernangomez, 25, has career averages of  5.7 points on 43.0% shooting (35.1% from 3, 69.3% on free throws), 3.5 rebounds, and 16.4 minutes in 257 games (57 starts) with Denver and Minnesota. He was originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets back in 2016 with the 15th overall pick.

The five-year veteran played 52 games last season with the Timberwolves, averaging a career-high 7.2 points on 43.5% shooting (32.7% 3-point range) to go along with 3.9 rebounds, and 17.3 minutes.

The Celtics sent Edwards well wishes through Twitter after the guard played 68 games over the past two seasons. He was selected in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2019 NBA Draft by Boston while averaging 3.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, and 9.2 minutes. Dunn was acquired last month via a three-team trade with the Kings and Hawks.

Memphis will own the right to swap with Boston a 2026 second round pick -- which would be the higher draft choice between Miami's or Dallas' -- as part of the transaction.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Associated Press

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