Mannix’s Latest: Celtics, Brogdon, Lakers, Favors, Ross

With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford expected to sign elsewhere and Aron Baynes having been re-routed to Phoenix, the Celtics have the ability to create about $25.8MM — or up to $34MM-ish if they renounce Terry Rozier.

As Chris Mannix of SI.com notes in his latest look at free agency, Kemba Walker has been linked to the Celtics this week, but he’s not the only free agent the club is considering. According to Mannix, Boston has internally discussed the possibility of pursuing Bucks RFA-to-be Malcolm Brogdon.

There has also been speculation about Bradley Beal as a potential trade target for the Celtics, but that probably won’t be an option, according to Mannix, who notes that Beal (a favorite of team owner Ted Leonsis) has been told by the Wizards that he won’t be dealt. Even if Beal were available, there’s a feeling in Boston that it might take Jayson Tatum to acquire him, Mannix adds.

Here’s more from Mannix:

  • The Lakers have shopped their “spare parts” in trade discussions, but talks have gone nowhere so far, league sources tell Mannix. Presumably, Mannix is referring to Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, who would have to be rolled into the Lakers’ Anthony Davis blockbuster for the club to maximize its cap room.
  • While it seems likely that he’ll be back, the Jazz haven’t necessarily locked in on retaining Derrick Favors, who has a non-guaranteed $17.65MM contract. Mannix suggests that Nikola Mirotic could be a name worth keeping an eye for Utah on if Favors is released to create cap room.
  • The Magic have been “steadfast” in their desire to re-sign top free agents Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross, and some within the organization are anxious to see what their market value will be, writes Mannix. Ross may be a candidate to receive a big contract offer from a team in need of a three-and-D wing, according to Mannix, who speculates that the sharpshooter could command $15MM per year.
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8 thoughts on “Mannix’s Latest: Celtics, Brogdon, Lakers, Favors, Ross

  1. Richard Hangslow

    Kemba makes sense in Boston. Also in Toronto if they can move Lowry and Leonard stays.

    • Raps902420

      Still wouldn’t happen.the raptors would have to rid themselves of a LOT of players to get the cap room to sign someone like kemba walker.even if Leonard leaves they would still be over the salary cap.

  2. jeremy

    Lakers need to give up trying to trade those 3. It clear as day no one want them .

  3. Jones is a NGC. Trading the other two opens up (maybe) 1.7 mm in cap space. They’ll find takers, particularly for Wagner; just not in the next week or two.

    • I think it’s more complicated than that. They need to add all of them to the NO deal, then use up Cap space and then make the AD trade while Over the cap. Jones needs to be in the deal to make it work. And AD needs to write off some of the kicker. And I think Jones needs to be let go by June 30 to avoid his guarantee. If he’s not in it, they have to sign and trade another player.

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