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Cavaliers trade Keith Bogans and a second round pick to Sixers


When the Cavaliers traded three non-guaranteed deals to the Celtics in exchange for Keith Bogans just a couple of days ago, it was believed to be a wise move aimed at putting the team in position to add even more talent next summer.

Bogans has $5.5 million in non-guaranteed money owed to him for the 2015-16 season, and that contract, combined with the $10.5 million in non-guaranteed money that same season which remains on Brendan Haywood’s deal, was believed to be something that Cleveland could use as a powerful trade chip to acquire another max-level player once this upcoming season is finished.

As it turns out, that wasn’t the plan after all.

Cleveland traded Bogans and a 2018 second round pick to the Sixers on Saturday, in exchange for Philadelphia’s 2015 second round pick, which has protections assigned to it. Philadelphia confirmed the details in an official release.

The Cavaliers will get a $5.3 million trade exception, but it’s not something that can be combined (with Haywood’s deal, for example) in order to acquire additional players.

From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

The move gives the Cavs a $5.3 million trade exception without taking up a roster spot.

Bogans was just acquired on Thursday in exchange for four players and two second-round picks, but one league source with knowledge of the situation indicated the Cavs never had much interest in keeping Bogans on the roster. By moving him now, they’ll have one year to use the exception.

The exception cannot be combined with any other players, meaning they cannot combine it with Brendan Haywood’s non-guaranteed contract next summer. But the Cavs feel Haywood’s $10.5 million non-guaranteed contract by itself will be large enough to obtain any player they could realistically pursue.

So, why go to all this trouble if you’re Cleveland? To stay out of luxury tax territory this season.

The move is a cost-cutting one, but also keeps an eye on future flexibility, as well. The new collective bargaining agreement has a nasty repeater tax penalty in place for teams who exceed the cap in three of the four previous seasons, so you want to prevent that clock from starting for as long as possible.

Tax-paying teams also face restrictions in terms of what they can do from a roster maneuverability standpoint, which include not getting to use the bi-annual exception, having a smaller mid-level exception than non-tax-payers, and being prohibited from receiving a player in a sign-and-trade transaction.

By dealing Bogans, Cleveland creates a trade exception, stays under the tax line, and leaves an open spot on the roster.

New GM David Griffin may not have had much to do with getting LeBron James to return home, or even acquiring Kevin Love to play alongside him. But moves like these show that he clearly knows what he’s doing.

Report: Cavaliers in process of trading for Celtics’ Keith Bogans

Keith Bogan

The Cavaliers are already likely to finish as one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference this season. But just in case a championship isn’t in the cards, the team is positioning itself quite nicely to add significant talent in the future.

Cleveland is nearing a deal that will add a non-guaranteed contract to its books, which could be packaged with another already in place to acquire some real talent next summer, or even later on in the upcoming season.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

ESPN sources say that the Cavs are in process of trading for Boston’s Keith Bogans

Sources say Cavs are expected to package their three non-guaranteed deals (Erik Murphy, John Lucas and Malcolm Thomas) in trade for KBogans

And from Mark Deeks of Sham Sports:

Bogans and Haywood are a combined $16,035,935 in completely unguaranteed contract next offseason. That’s why.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reports that the Celtics will also receive a pair of second-round picks.

The key here for the Cavaliers is keeping Bogans and Brendan Haywood on the roster all season long, so that they’ll have the opportunity to package the two in a potential trade for another superstar next summer.

Cleveland should contend immediately for a championship in the upcoming season with the talent already in place. But in case things go south, it’s nice to know that they’re working towards having the ability to improve in advance of the following season.

Report: Celtics trying hard to trade Brandon Bass for value

Brandon Bass, Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston

By trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets and letting Doc Rivers leave for the Clippers, the Celtics headed in a new direction last offseason. Sure enough, Boston went 25-57 and missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

Now, with Kevin Love headed to Cleveland, indications are the Celtics will trade Rajon Rondo and fully commit to rebuilding.

Where does that leave Brandon Bass?

Bass, 29, was Boston’s fifth-oldest player last season. Three of the older players – Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries – came to the Celtics only to make the the Garnet-Pierce trade work financially. The other, Joel Anthony, was also acquired in a salary dump.

Really, Bass – who has a $6.9 million expiring contract – is the only one whose on-court value nears his salary. But it’s also difficult to see him remaining helpful once Boston is ready to win again.

So, you know where this leads.

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

The Celtics have tried like hell, but they can’t get anything of value on the trade market for Brandon Bass

Boston already has a couple young replacements at power forward in Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. I suspect the Celtics wouldn’t mind giving those two more room to develop.

But they won’t – and shouldn’t – just dump Bass. They can always just let him walk in free agency next summer if it comes to it, though it’s best to get some return now if possible.

Bass is a quality mid-range jumper shooter for his position, but he lacks 3-point range. In today’s NBA – as Lowe thoroughly details in his article – that severely diminishes Bass’ value.

As the trade deadline nears, barring a surprisingly successful season to that point, Boston will only get more desperate to take any return for Bass. In the meantime, Bass has proven himself a consummate professional, even on a bad team. So, there’s no rush to deal him.

If another team offers an asset with future value like a young player or draft pick, the Celtics would likely trade Bass. But they’re not going to just give him away.

Derrick Rose: Bulls are more talented than at any point in his career

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Derrick Rose has reportedly patched up his beef with the Chicago Bulls.

Or it never existed in the first place.

The Rose-Bulls saga has been tough to read, because there has been so much innuendo with few – even under the cloak of anonymity – direct complaints. Have Rose’s injuries led to discord? What sides do ownership, the front office, coaches and other players take? As far as rifts, this one is mostly blurry.

But there was one exception: Derrick Rose’s brother complaining on the record the Bulls hadn’t built a good enough supporting cast around the point guard.

Considering that’s the strongest indication we have of a divide between Rose’s camp and the Bulls, maybe we don’t need to look too deeply into why Rose and the Bulls are on such good terms. The answer might be pretty simple.

Chicago had a good offseason.

Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott are impressive additions to a team that already includes Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy.

Rose can work with that.

Rose, via Nick Friedell of ESPN:

“I think this is the most talented team I’ve played on in my NBA career to tell you the truth,” Rose said after Team USA’s practice on Wednesday. “With all the players that I have, with the experience that everybody’s bringing to the table. And the way that everybody’s working out individually during the offseason and what I’ve been hearing.”

Rose is pleased with the efforts made by general manager Gar Forman and executive VP John Paxson in upgrading the roster.

“I have that sense that they went for it,” Rose said. “That they gave their all. We got who we could get and who wanted to come. And that’s who we have to ride with. We have a lot of confidence in the players that we just signed and we know that the guys that’s already there is working out very hard. So it’s just a matter of getting in the gym, working out together, jelling very quickly, since we’re not going overseas early.”

Rose has played for a team a team that went 50-16 and another that went 62-20 and reached the conference finals. Could this edition of the Bulls really surpass those two?

In terms of talent, maybe. One of those prior teams started Keith Bogans, and the other started Ronnie Brewer. Whether you consider Jimmy Butler or Mike Dunleavy the weak starter, he’s better than Bogans and Brewer.

However, there are diminishing returns on a team that features four solid big men. Ninety-six minutes might not be enough for Noah, Gasol, Gibson and Mirotic, and I doubt any of them can play the three with any regularity. Plus, Mirotic and McDermott might need time to adjust to the NBA – not a knock on their talent, just their readiness.

Undoubtedly, the Bulls are talented. How many wins that eventually translates into and how quickly Chicago reaches peak form are yet to be determined.

Of course, Rose’s health is the lynchpin. His brother can complain about the Bulls’ supporting cast and Rose can praise it all they want. Chicago isn’t reaching its highest goals unless Rose is healthy.

Without him, they’re not nearly talented enough.

Report: Celtics moving on from Kevin Love pursuit

Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

Not long ago, the Celtics were the leading contender for Kevin Love.


Considering a follow-up report said Boston’s offer wasn’t good enough, the Timberwolves were probably just trying to drum up interest.

Since, interest in Love has really heated up. The Cavaliers, willing to offer Andrew Wiggins, are the main contenderand they’re growing stronger. The Warriors, as long as they have Klay Thompson, remain in the mix. And the Bulls aren’t going away either.

So the Celtics – whose offer is based primarily on draft picks that may or may not interest the win-now Timberwolves – see the writing on the wall.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northwest:

There’s no waiving of the white flag just yet, but the Boston Celtics appear to be ready to move on from their pursuit of Minnesota star Kevin Love, league sources tell CSNNE.com.

“The more teams step up and show interest in Love, the further Boston falls in the pack,” a source said on Wednesday. “Danny’s a smart guy. He knows when to keep pushing for something and when to move on.”

Remember, a report said the Celtics would trade Rajon Rondo if they couldn’t get Love. That prospect certainly gets a lot more interesting now.

Rondo becomes a free agent next summer, and the Celtics probably aren’t much closer to winning than they were last season. This is the time to get value for Rondo. Another year of rebuilding won’t endear Boston to Rondo and just increases the chances of him walking.

First-round picks Marcus Smart and James Young and the unguaranteed contracts of Keith Bogans, Chris Johnson, Chris Babb and Phill Pressey give the Celtics flexibility to go in any direction. With Love no longer central to their plans – though they could still get involved if the Love trade adds a third team – it’ll be interesting to see which path they choose.