The NBA Draft is supposed to be a time to add players to your roster but the Celtics have begun the day by subtracting.
Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge will reportedly attempt to move on from veteran center Aron Baynes.
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics have offered Aron Baynes in trade talks in an attempt to move on from the veterans $5.4 million dollar contract.
Boston has offered center Aron Baynes — $5.4M expiring contract — into salary cap space elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN. Without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on the books, moving Baynes without taking back salary could get the Celtics to $23M in space.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019
Baynes resigned with the team on June 12th, but only wanted to stay in Boston if the Celtics were going to be contenders as stated by Keith Smith.
To clear something up with news that Aron Baynes could be traded by the Boston Celtics for cap space: This is a mutual thing. Baynes wanted to stay in Boston, if the Celtics were also going to be contenders. As some things have changed, Baynes and Boston are looking for trades.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 20, 2019
There is also the possibility for the Celtics to create even more cap space if they continue to subtract.
Celtics cap scenarios:
Horford/Kyrie leave, trade Baynes, renounce Mook: $18.4 mil
then renounce Larkin/Gibson/Wanamaker/Theis: $24. mil
then renounce Rozier: $32.4 mil
trade out 22 pick: $33.8 mil
trade away all picks: $38 mil.
waive Semi: $38.8 mil (max space scneario)
— John Karalis 🇬🇷 (@RedsArmy_John) June 20, 2019
However, if Ainge is to move on from all moveable assets the team would be left with 6 players. Meaning the Celtics would need to use the $38.8 million in cap space to fill out the rest of the roster.
The Celtics hold the 14th, 20th and 22nd overall picks in tonights NBA Draft. Whatever decisions are made tonight will have massive implications on the future of the Boston Celtics.