Payton Pritchard Attracting Trade Interest

Numerous teams have checked on the availability of Celtics guard Payton Pritchard in the trade market, Steve Bulpett of reports.

Pritchard, currently sidelined by a bruised thigh, has mostly been out of the rotation this season due to Boston’s guard depth. He has appeared in 21 games this season, averaging just 10.5 minutes per night. The past two seasons, Pritchard was solidly in the rotation, appearing in 66 games during his rookie campaign and 71 regular season games and 24 postseason contests during Boston’s run to the Finals.

The acquisition of Malcolm Brogdon has left Pritchard, who averaged 6.2 points and 2.0 assists in 14.1 minutes last season, as the odd man out. Pritchard’s ability to run the offense and shoot (4o.5% from deep in his career) makes him an attractive, low-salary target.

He’s still on his rookie contract, making approximately $2.24MM this season and $4.04MM next season. He’ll be eligible for restricted free agency after next season.

He’s certainly a nice insurance policy for Boston, given his proven production. But if the front office sees a more pressing need and the right offer comes along for the No. 26 pick in the 2020 draft, the Celtics could be convinced to move him.

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