Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Celtics (finally) trade Gerald Wallace, get David Lee from the champs

18-9 or 8-5?
It finally happened.

Almost two years ago, when the Boston Celtics shipped Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, and three first-round picks, Celts fan have been wanting to get rid of Wallace's monster contract.

With three years remaining at $10 million per year, and with a bunch of wear and tear on his body, he was a financial burden instead of a basketball asset. Sure, Wallace is a great locker room presence who still gives it all when he's on the floor, but the 32-year-old was far removed from his best basketball. 

Unsurprisingly, the Celtics didn't find a taker for him in years past, but with the forward's contract going into the final year, the Champion Golden State Warriors were more than happy to oblige.

The Warriors, who in June dispatched LeBron's Cavaliers, 4-2, in the NBA Finals, were about $21 million over the luxury tax threshold after re-signing All-Defensive First Teamer Draymond Green (5 years, $85 million) and bringing back Marreese Speights and Leandro Barbosa.

By swapping Lee, who will make $15.5 million in the final year of the 6-year, 80 million deal he signed with the Warriors in 2010, for Wallace, the W's luxury tax bill goes from about $48 million tot $18 million with the current cap estimate.

The 6-foot-9 Lee, who averaged 18.2 PPG and 9.3 RPG in 2013-2014, had lost his starting gig to the aforementioned Draymond Green, but still produced when called upon. He gives Boston the inside scoring it sorely lacks.

Apparently Danny Ainge is still working on other moves, so stay tuned.

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