Celtics Notes: Trades, Stevens, Springer, Tillman, roster

Celtics Notes: Trades, Stevens, Springer, Tillman, roster

the Celtics He made a somewhat surprising trade with a rival on Thursday, acquiring the third-year guard Jaden Springer From Philadelphia in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick. Speaking to the media on Friday, President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens He said the former first-round pick was a player they had been eyeing for a few years, MassLive.com’s Brian Robb wrote.

We have followed its development closely over the yearsStevens said. “We liked him in the draft a few years ago. He was the youngest player in that draft. He’s still a puppy. He is still 21 years old. He was unbelievable in the league playoffs last year. He did a lot of good things against us when he was in Maine. We’ve seen him live several times there. He’s a guy we’ve been tracking for a while“.

The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach hears from a source (Twitter link) that Springer was “strongly endorsed” by a pair of former 76ers assistant coaches who now work with the Celtics – Sam Cassell And Tyler Lashbrook.

He’s an athlete who can play in the playoffs, right?Stevens said of Springer, per Jay King of The Athletic.But he also has a lot of growing to do and is committed to doing so. In front of him is a long runway. So we’ll see how this year affects him. See how it all fits into the team. But he is a man we believe in“.

Here’s more about the Celtics:

  • According to King, Stevens pointed to this as part of the reason why Boston was interested in Springer and Xavier TillmanThe team’s other trade acquisition (from Memphis), is that they are young players who can develop with the Celtics, and who they have a chance to retain long-term. Tillman will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Boston has his Bird rights, so they would be able to re-sign him without worrying about salary cap restrictions. Meanwhile, Springer’s fourth-year team option has already been exercised, and he will be eligible for restricted free agency in 2025 if he does not sign a rookie-scale extension in the offseason. The Celtics will bypass the second tax square next season, when they will be more limited in how they build their roster due to the new CBA.
  • Stevens said the front office didn’t want to disrupt the team’s chemistry, which is why the Celtics made a pair of relatively simple moves. As with Springer, Tillman was a player they liked for a long time, particularly for his defensive versatility and basketball IQ. “He competes, passes the ball, and thinks the game wellStevens said, per King. “All the things we’ve been fortunate with the guys around our best players that they bring to the table. He knows how to play. So we’re excited to have himHowever, Tillman noted that he is still dealing with a left knee injury and does not have a timetable for his debut with the Celtics.
  • While Stevens praised the two-way center Nehemiah Quettawho was viewed as a candidate for an upgrade to a record deal, said the Celtics are in no rush to fill the void on the 15-man roster, Tweet Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston. “I don’t know if making that final decision and saying, “Okay, these are the 15 players we have now with two months left in the season,” makes a lot of sense. I think we need to use this time to evaluateStevens said.
  • Sends the Celtics team Trail Blazers $3 million in cash as part of Dalano Panton Trade, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report reports (Twitter link).

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