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What we don’t know yet is how those free agent contracts are structured and how much actual room they will have to finish the roster renovation. The Celtics have to stay under the luxury tax — $70.3 million – to take advantage of more accommodating trade rules in a potential sign-and-trade and then they must stay under the apron — $74.3 million – to complete the roster renovation.
It’s entirely possible that they won’t have enough room left below the apron to use the bi-annual exception — a two-year deal starting at $1.9 million. The bi-annual is a useful bargaining chip for late in the free agent game when veterans are looking for a new home and that tends to be the last demographic to sign deals.
As for a sign-and-trade, team sources indicated this week that the pursuit may take a little while to reach a conclusion. ...