The Boston Celtics played the role of facilitator Tuesday, assisting in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ effort to clear salary-cap space and landing three potentially valuable assets in the process.
– Center Tyler Zeller from Cleveland
– Guard Marcus Thornton from Brooklyn
– 2016 protected first-round pick from Cleveland (top-10 protected from 2016 to 2018; unprotected in 2019)
– Cap space in excess of the $20.7 milion necessary to sign LeBron James to a max contract
–Future second-round draft pick from Celtics
– Guard Jarrett Jack and forward Sergey Karasev from Cleveland
The reported deal clearly is an attempt to woo James back to his former team, but according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, there are “no assurances” that it will lead to a Cleveland homecoming for LeBron.
Among GM's, there's still belief LeBron James walks into Pat Riley meeting, lays out his 1-2 year max contract proposal and stays w/ Heat.—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 09, 2014
Trevor Ariza and Chandler Parsons have been rumored as potential fallback plans for the Cavs if James decides to remain in Miami. The Cavaliers also are making a run at former Heat guard Ray Allen, sources told ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
The trade would give the Celtics eight first-round draft picks over the next four years — a number that would jump to nine if the Phialdelphia 76ers reach the playoffs this season.