After re-signing Kyle Singler and Enes Kanter, the Thunder have been trying to shed salary by moving some of their end-of-bench players. According to the Boston Herald‘s Steve Bulpett, they’ve reached a deal to trade former first-round pick Perry Jones III to the Celtics, along with a future second-rounder in exchange for a protected 2018 second-rounder from the Celtics.
Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports that the pick the Thunder are sending to Boston is a 2019 second-rounder from Detroit, which they acquired in the Reggie Jackson trade at the deadline.
The Thunder aren’t getting anything back in the deal outside of the pick — it’s entirely a salary-dumping move for them. Jones is set to make around $2 million next season, and shedding his salary will save them around $7 million in luxury tax. According to Mayberry, the roster spot created by the trade will likely go to 2014 first-round pick Josh Huestis, who spent last season in the D-League.
Jones hasn’t done much in his first three years in the league. He played 55 games last season but averaged just 4.6 minutes per game. Still, there’s no downside to this deal for the Celtics. They get a free second-round pick out of it and the outside chance that Jones might show something in a new environment. The Thunder needed to save money and they were able to cut salary without giving up one of their own picks. It’s a trade that makes sense for both sides.