Thursday, January 5, 2023

Report: Celtics trade Noah Vonleh, cash consideration to Spurs

The Celtics are reportedly sending Noah Vonleh and cash considerations to the San Antonio Spurs, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Boston will also receive a future top-55 second-round pick as part of the swap, per Brian Robb of MassLive. This comes just two days prior to Vonleh's one-year, $1.8 million deal becoming fully guaranteed (Jan. 7). The move not only opens up a roster spot for the C's, it also lowers the team's luxury tax bill from $65 million down to $58 million -- saving roughly $7 million in penalties.

With today marking the first day that NBA teams can sign players to 10-Day contracts and the league's Trade Deadline being just over a month away (Feb. 9), the Celtics have given themselves some flexibility for when it comes to being active on the buyout market and adding a player ahead of a possible deep playoff run.

Meanwhile, the Spurs, who waived veteran forward Gorgui Dieng to make a roster spot, are also reportedly expected to waive Vonleh (per Woj) -- despite the team already being approximately $16 million under the salary cap.

Vonleh, a native of Haverhill, Massachusetts -- played 23 games, while averaging 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per-contest for the Celtics this season.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Boston Globe

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