Cleveland Cavaliers Add Keith Bogans in Trade With Celtics
The Cleveland Cavaliers are not yet done with their new lineup.
A Minor Trade
With just a couple of days before the start of training camp, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a minor trade with the Boston Celtics. On Thursday night, the Cavaliers acquired veteran guard Keith Bogans from the Celtics for John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas, Erik Murphy and Dwight Powell.
Bogans is an 11-year veteran who played just six games with the Celtics last season. However, the 34-year old Bogans appeared in 74 games with the Brooklyn Nets and averaged 4.2 points per game while hitting 1.1 three pointers on a .343 accuracy. Bogans was the Milwaukee Bucks’ 43rd overall pick in 2003 out of the University of Kentucky
Although the Celtics will be receiving four players, sources are saying that they will waive Lucas and Thomas while Murphy will be forwarded to their training camp. The former University of Florida power forward had a good showing in the recent 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup while playing for Finland. On the other hand, the player whom the Celtics are truly interested in keeping in this deal is Dwight Powell. The 6-11 240 pound forward was the Charlotte Hornets’ 2nd round pick in last June’s draft.
Bogans is a good team defender, decent three point shooter and a strong locker room voice, but the Cavaliers are more interested in his non guaranteed two year contract worth $10.8M contract. Along with center Brendan Haywood’s fully non guaranteed $10.5M salary in 2015-16, the Cavaliers have a total of $16M in non-guaranteed contracts to dangle in trade offers during the 2015-16 season.
Although the Cavaliers already bagged LeBron James and Kevin Love this offseason, having $16M in cap space in 2015 would give them the ability to get another top tier player via sign and trade. The Cavaliers can meanwhile use the serviceable Bogans as one of their reserves this season.
The Celtics meanwhile were ready to waive Bogans, but with the trade they not only got a $5.3M trade exception, but the opportunity to try out Murphy and enlist Powell who was in their radar before the draft. After the trade, the Celtics waved Chris Johnson and Chris Babb to cut their roster down to 22. The Celtics need to cut two more players to have the maximum 20 allowed for training camp, and this is where Lucas and Thomas would come in.
It’s a minor but smart move for both teams as of the present, but the salary dumps could go a long way next summer.
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