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February 9, 2016 | 12:52 pm EST Update
Under a team-friendly contract that will pay Thomas’ $6.2 million next season, the Celtics will be able to retain him while having cap space to improve the team this summer. The pick they gave up for him currently is projected to be the 28th in the June draft. “The trade definitely turned my career around,” Thomas said in January before he faced his former team. “It hurt at first, because I’ve never been traded, never been in that situation. But it’s a better situation for myself here. I’m loved it here and people like what I do, and I appreciate that.”
The problem was, when the Bucks probed, the 76ers weren’t interested in doing a deal straight up for Knight, sources said. A stalemate ensued. It only broke when the second important event happened, which was Dragic publicly demanding a trade away from the Suns just a few days before the deadline. The Suns, fearing they would lose Dragic for nothing in free agency, became motivated to deal.
Coach Jason Kidd had a target in mind as a replacement, former NBA Rookie of the Year Carter-Williams. Both are represented by the same agency, Excel Sports. Another factor was that Carter-Williams, who Kidd felt he could mold and improve his shaky shooting, was under contract for two more seasons at a total of $5.5 million. “When we made the decision to trade Brandon, it gave us the opportunity to not only look at [Carter-Williams] but also flexibility going into the summer,” Kidd said earlier this season. “At that point, we had to figure out which one we could move and had the opportunity to get something in return.”
Another reason, as Bulls veteran Taj Gibson put it, is that they’ve lost their spirit. “We had straight defensive guys, hungry dogs. Now we have guys coming in, offensive-minded, shoot the 3. … We used to be scrappy,” Gibson said per CSNChicago. “Now we’re trying to mold these guys into getting scrappy. … Right now a lot of teams smell blood; you just got to figure out a way to get over it. In this league, nobody’s going to feel sorry for you. That’s the thing.”

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