Boston, post-Hayward, represents the other side of the Bird rights trap. Its roster is a bit like a deflated balloon right now. The Celtics used their MLE on a big man, just like they would have anyway, and another small exception on a guard, and as a result are more or less the exact same team they would have been … except without Hayward. They can’t replace him as an over-the-cap team. It’s possible for Boston to pull off a late, dramatic save by generating a massive $30 million (or so) trade exception in a sign-and-trade with Charlotte, but even that will prove costly. The Celtics need to pony up an asset to include in the trade with Charlotte and then, almost certainly, another asset to bring a player into the exception. At a minimum, replacing Hayward in their salary structure will cost them two draft picks.
November 30, 2020 | 5:18 pm EST Update
Brandon Rahbar: Presti on Andre Roberson returning to the Thunder: He says the roster is pretty full right now, but he still has to more work to do. (I don’t think Dre is coming back. Here’s hoping he lands somewhere and continues his comeback.)
Brandon Rahbar: Presti on Poku: “Last summer, he was playing in an under 18 tournament. He’s a player that caught the attention of the group. Basketball IQ, overall skill level. We tracked him from that point on.” Spoke on needing opportunity, to fail, to get feedback. Sounds like he’ll play.
November 30, 2020 | 5:08 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: The Detroit Pistons have waived guard Zhaire Smith, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA Stadium.