Friday, January 27, 2023

Celtics send Noah Vonleh to San Antonio

(Update. 22:30. Journalist with Chris Mannix The Celtics received a future second-round pick as part of the deal).

Boston and the city of San Antonio have been the first transfer heroes of the 2022-23 season. A movement, even if it is of a small magnitude, emerges as a step ahead of everything else that will happen in the coming weeks. In particular, the Celtics sent a certain amount to Noah Vonleh and the Spurs, as reported by the reporter athleticShams Charania.

To make room for Wonleh, the Texas organization terminated Gorgui Deng’s contract. However, journalists ESPN, Adrian Wojnarowski later stated that Vonleh would follow the same path and be cut. For their part, this move reduces the number of contracts on the Celtics’ payroll to 14 and allows them to release $1.8 million in line with the Vonleh contract, which represents an ultimate luxury tax savings of $7.1 million. It should be noted that his salary on January 7 would have been fully guaranteed if he had remained with the team.

The Spurs have plenty of cap space ($27.1 million, says Bobby Marks), more than enough to free up the $2.6 million Dieng deal without worrying about the financial implications. His contract was signed by the veteran’s minimum and he only enjoyed minutes appearing in 13 games.

Like Gieng, the 27-year-old Wonleh has been a rarely used interior for his head coach. In 23 games in Boston, he averaged only 7.4 minutes. As the ninth pick in the 2014 draft, Vonleh has played in as many NBA seasons for eight different teams.

(Cover photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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