According to a source, the Boston Celtics are shopping Keith Bogans around the NBA. Many fans have been asking us why Bogans is still on the team with an overcrowded roster and his non-guaranteed contract.
Bogans was frustrated warming the bench last season even though he made over $5 million to do so. There’s some honor in that, but the Celtics organization isn’t keeping him around for his honor. It’s because Bogans is likely the next chip to fall and with the final rosters needing to be completed by Oct. 27th at 5pm, there’s some urgency now.
Although the Celtics don’t appear to have much leverage in the trade market with a chip like Bogans, here’s why a trade might not be so bad for both involved:
-It works for the Celtics because not only do they gain an asset for Bogans (likely a draft pick), but they also gain a trade exemption of $5.3 million, which would grant them an additional cap flexibility on a future deal.
-The team acquiring Bogans could gain immediate cap relief as Bogans $5.3 million salary is non-guaranteed and could act more like a salary-filler. This means the team could trade for him, then release him and it’s a free $5 million dollars. Teams over the luxury tax threshold include the Knicks, Nets, Clippers and Grizzlies. Teams close to that threshold are Raptors, Pacers, Wizards and Trailblazers. All those teams are potential trade partners for Bogans.
The NBA season is fast approaching and the Celtics could just flat out release Bogans like a ton of fans have been asking, but Ainge is shopping him to turn a penny into a nickel.