After all, the Boston Celtics can buy something for Gordon Hayward. After all the panic that Danny Ainge missed what the Indiana Pacers had to offer, he was able to turn around and get a valuable fortune from the Charlotte Hornets.
Boston’s $28.5 million trade player special deal (TPE) in exchange for a pair of second-round picks is the largest TPE in NBA history. For the Celtics, this may be very valuable, perhaps even more valuable than what the Pacers provide.
Here is a complete breakdown of what it means, how Boston uses it, and what they might target.
What is TPE?
The special case of trading players is basically a coupon received by the team in exchange for the player traded to the team, who can absorb him into the salary space or special case.
In the NBA, salaries must match in order to be traded. When a team like Charlotte can directly sign a player but decides to trade him without returning the player, the substitution team gets TPE. This is a way to match salary, but basically, do it later.
So Boston got some kind of coupon for Gordon Hayward̵
Why does Charlotte do that?
Because they got second-round picks for this, these picks are valuable to cheap players who make up the roster or people who become sweeteners in trades.
How does Boston use it?
The beautiful text on this coupon is “cannot be combined with any other assets”. They can split it up and trade more than one player, or trade with more than one team. They can trade with one team tomorrow, and trade with another team in March. Some key rules:
- It cannot be combined with anything else to increase its value. They cannot add a player who earned $5 million or the $5 million TPE generated by the Enes Kanter transaction to a transaction to make it worth $33.5 million. The TPE exists independently.
- It cannot be used after its expiration date. It is usually a year, but due to the weird time of this season, it will expire sometime before the start of the next season.
- Cannot be used to sign free agents. This is not to spend money. Maybe you can think of it as a kind of gift card, and it can only be used in a “trade store”. However, if there is a free agent they want to sign, they may be able to easily negotiate signing and trading with their original team, and the team will create its own TPE.
Who can Boston be with?
Step 1: You can scroll down here to 31-year-old D’Angelo Russell and start to see who really fits the exception. Everyone above him went out (sorry, Bradley Beal fan).
From there, we can eliminate some obvious names. Giannis Antetokounmpo was not traded as an exception. Also keep in mind that since Boston signed Tristan Thompson (Tristan Thompson) for all middle-class exceptions, they will be limited to around $139 million, so unless they mobilize other players, it is impossible to use the entire $28.5 million. TPE.
Step 2: Find the reality
I will divide it into several levels. The first is the players who will use the entire TPE, and the second is the players who will most use it.
- Otto Porter, $28,489,239
- Nikola Vucevic, $26,000,000
- Buddy Hield, $24,931,817
- Harrison Barnes (Harrison Barnes), $22,215,909
- Gary Harris $19,160,714
Personally, I think Boston should aim its wings. Vucevic is on this list because he is a fascinating 5-line option and his contract is declining, but he is still very expensive and I will treat this move carefully.
Porter (Porter) is 27 years old this year, the professional shooter hit 40.4% from 3 points. His salary in Chicago is too high, but this is an expiring contract, and his trade also brings his Byrd rights, so Boston can sign his more reasonable contract next season, or trade him in deadline. Both Hilde and Barnes are candidates for Sacramento, but Hilde has just started a five-year contract extension, which may be too big for Boston.
Barnes is an excellent shooter who can adapt to Boston’s multi-position style. His contract is also falling, earning $20.3 million next season and $18.3 million next season. If Boston continues to adjust, these numbers will be very tradable.
Harris is an interesting “landscape changing” guy, and his trade with the Denver Nuggets adds another season. The injury made him lose his chance, and without him, the team performed well. Their offseason actions have brought them a lot of difficulty, so it makes sense to create TPE through salary settlement and fill his position after the hard cap is cancelled in the summer. Boston wants to be healthy, and a new team can make him a 40% shooter two years ago.
- Aaron Gordon, $18,136,364
- Evan Fournier (Evan Fournier), $17,150,000
- JJ Redick, $13,013,700
- Kelly Olynyk (Kelly Olynyk) $ 13,598,243
- Al-Farouq Aminu, USD 9,720,900
- George Hill, $9,590,602
- PJ Tucker, $7,969,537
If I were Danny Ainge, I would basically call the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic and ask who on their roster is available in this case. If Gordon only plays inside his own and does not expect high from him, then he can do well in the Celtics.
Personally, I would rather use Fournier if possible. He is about to expire this season and can provide immediate help. He is 28 years old and an inside killer, so Orlando may just want to abandon him instead of paying him next season. The real question in the Fournier deal is whether Orlando will demand too much in return, and whether Boston is willing to pay him forward.
There is no doubt that New Orleans is happy to retrieve assets for Redick. Boston can certainly use a reliable shooter like him on the bench.
If Boston wants to try his bottom line breakthrough ability again, then Miami may not mind clearing cap space in the Olinick trade.
Aminu’s chances are extremely low, but if he is healthy, he can become a strong, versatile defensive wing. If he can regain any Portland shooting magic, then he will be a good bench.
Hill will be a very capable substitute for Kemba Walker, and if Walker’s knee becomes a problem, he can step in and host the show. His salary of $10 million next season is not guaranteed, but $10 million can make him a valuable bargaining chip next summer.
Tucker will make the frontcourt more crowded, but there is no harm in calling the financially struggling Houston Rockets to see if you can steal.
It is important to note that people at this level are very transactional and may be valuable to the Celtics in the future salary matching situation. Currently, Marcus Smart is the only mid-sized contract in the team, which means he must be included in most of the superstar’s trading scenes. If there is a bigger deal in the future, keeping the player within the contract can help Boston retain him.
No matter how the Celtics play, they will have some options. Some of these names are more meaningful than others, and some names may eventually be unusable, but this is the type of player that TPE plays in Boston.
Danny Ainge did get something in exchange for Gordon Hayward, and if he can make the right move, his traction on TPE will eventually become better than the Indiana Pacers Anything provided is much better.
This is the whole point of recent Lock in the Celtics podcast, Embedded below. It even describes in more detail what TPE is and other issues about how to use TPE.You can subscribe to the podcast Google, apple, stapler, Or Spotify, Or other podcasts that exist.