Eastern Notes: Wizards, Heat, Celtics

The Wizards are still looking to make moves with their $8.6MM trade exception and in free agency, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post tweets. Washington has already agreed to a sign-and-trade to ship out Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls, agreed to a two-year deal with Ish Smith and come to terms with center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal.

We have more from the Eastern Conference:

  • The Heat are still seeking to ship out contracts to ease their cap burden and reduce the need to stretch Ryan Anderson‘s contract, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweets. Miami is hopeful of reducing or eliminating its luxury tax penalty for next summer, Jackson adds. The Heat are trying to hold onto Bam Adebayo, Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr. but are open to moving other veterans, Jackson adds in another tweet. The Heat have been extremely active in recent days, most notably piecing together a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler and reaching an agreement to trade Hassan Whiteside to the Trail Blazers.
  • The Celtics have reached agreements with free agents Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter but they’re far from done, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. The Celtics are still looking at a number of free agents and potential sign-and-trades that could free up money to get another impact player, Bulpett continues. Interior defense is the biggest area of need, he adds.
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3 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Wizards, Heat, Celtics

  1. Ainge better still do something else because even the biggest Celtics’ fan can’t think that there as good as last year when you lose Irving, Hordford, Morris, Rozier, Baynes and only add Kemba and Kanter.

  2. The biggest headaches on the team last year were Irving, Rozier, and Brown so I would trade Jaylen Brown for a good stretch big because he’s way overrated and there’s no way he’s resigning in Boston anyway.

  3. Socrates Curveball

    Assuming Heat are looking to move money off the books for 2020-2021 to bolster the Butler led roster via FA or Trade…. Gotta think Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters & James Johnson are the veterans Riley is looking to move. The best partner is clearly the Oklahoma City Thunder to move those deals. Maybe finding a suitor for Dragic also fits the Heat’s strategy, but he’s already on an expiring deal.

    Opening Cap Room into 2020-2021 is clearly the Heat’s mindset, but the crop of FAs is exceedingly weak outside of Draymond Green and a couple RFAs (Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Buddy Hield, Taurean Prince)… Draymond & Jimmy Butler would be very intriguing in South Beach.

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