Yet because Boston is hard-capped at $138 million, it would need to send out approximately $9 million in salary to take back the full amount of the exception in salary. Unless, of course, the Celtics go ahead and make this move for Sacramento small forward Harrison Barnes that so many front office folks around the league believe could be coming. Those rumblings had grown louder in recent weeks, and the decibel level was raised last week when Celtics commentator and former player Brian Scalabrine laid it all out on the team’s own telecast.
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The Celtics question, then, becomes this: Is Barnes — a 28-year-old former champion who may be having the best all-around season of his nine-year-career — the kind of difference-maker who could get Boston back among the East elite? Sources say the Kings have (predictably) shifted to ‘seller’ mode in recent weeks after losing 11 of 13 games heading into the All-Star break. And Barnes, in turn, could become a perfectly pragmatic personnel choice for what ails the underperforming Celtics.
The Celtics do have a potential ace in the hole in a $28.5 million trade exception acquired in the Hayward sign-and-trade. Internally, though, there are mixed feelings about using it before the March 25 trade deadline. The Celtics are high on Harrison Barnes, sources told Sports Illustrated, the Kings forward who could be moved by Sacramento. There’s interest in Jerami Grant, too, though the Pistons have not shown any urgency in offloading the 26-year-old Grant, who is having a career season. The Celtics could also hold onto the exception and use it in a deal this offseason, before it expires.
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The Boston Celtics, who have been linked to Kevin Love for at least two years, may not have abandoned their pursuit of him. Danny Ainge attend a workout with Excel Sports Management clients in New York City recently and met with prominent agent Jeff Schwartz, a league source told RealGM’s Andrew Perna. Schwartz represents Love, as well as Harrison Barnes, who will be a restricted free agent this summer.
Several teams with significant cap space this summer — the Celtics, Lakers, Suns, Mavericks among them — have the intention of pursuing Barnes, especially as a fallback option for Durant.
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April 17, 2021 | 8:01 pm EDT Update
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said it’s “unlikely” that Anthony Davis plays in Monday’s game against Utah, but they’ll “see where he’s at” presumably after he gets some more work in tomorrow at the practice facility.
Mike Trudell: Andre Drummond said his toe may get sore from time to time moving forward until it’s fully healed, but overall he’s not worried about it and has it under control. Didn’t seem to impact him today (27 points on 10 of 15 FG’s and 7 of 8 FT’s, 8 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block).
Anthony Slater: Warriors just announced that Eric Paschall has begun controlled individual workouts in the Bay Area and the team hopes to get him back in team practice when they return from the road trip next week. He’s been out with a hip flexor strain.