Philadelphia 76ers executive Bryan Colangelo thinks his team has one too many centers. He is reportedly engaging in trade talks with Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge for a possible player-for-player swap involving Avery Bradley and Nerlens Noel.
Bradley has already expressed his discontent with his current contract with the Celtics, and for good reason. In an era when NBA players like Matthew Dellavedova and Ryan Anderson are worth $38 million and $80 million, Bradley will earn a modest $17 million over the next two seasons
Hardwood Houdini noted that the contracts of Bradley and Isaiah Thomas will both expire in the summer of 2018. Between the two, it is Thomas who will likely sign a max contract with the Celtics.
In a team that already features Al Horford and possibly another superstar pick-up, the Celtics will no longer have the financial flexibility to accommodate Bradley’s looming pay increase.
Bradley is an elite combo guard who relishes in his role as a 3-and-D player with the Celtics. Despite his upside, he is not a once in a generation-type player.
The Celtics will be wise to move him now. If the team waits until the end of next season to trade him, his value would drop exponentially as potential trade partners will think twice before giving up their valuable assets in exchange for a one-year player rental.
Recent Celtics rumors suggested that trade negotiations between the Boston and Philadelphia were already going on even before this year’s Rookie Draft. Both teams are ripe with spare part the other team needs.
The Celtics will be ecstatic to acquire either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor. Meanwhile, the 76ers need shooters and perimeter defenders to surround Ben Simmons with.
Colangelo said he is taking his time in sifting through trade offers from teams interested in Noel, Okafor and Joel Embiid. It would take something really special for the team to move either of the three young centers.
“I think right now it’s best to say we like all of them, we want to see if we can make the most out of each of them,” Colangelo told Real GM. “At the end of the day, the reality says one has to go at some point but only when the deal is right.”
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