Celtics Reportedly ‘Unlikely’ To Use TPE To Acquire ‘Substantial Piece’

The Celtics appear to be done picking up high-profile players in the 2022 NBA offseason.

Boston traded for Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon on Friday and will reportedly sign Danilo Gallinari once the former Atlanta Hawks forward is released by the San Antonio Spurs.

The Celtics still have their exception of $17.1 million in traded players, which was acquired after selling Evan Fournier last offseason. The TPE was not used in the Brogdon deal and Boston has until July 18 to use it before it expires. However, Celtics fans should temper expectations for the player acquired with the TPE.

“A league source said the team is unlikely to use this now to acquire another significant piece,” wrote the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach on Friday.

“The source said the Celtics had been actively pursuing deals with the exception for the past two weeks but ultimately the deal with Brogdon, whose salary was too high to fit the exception, turned out to be the best option.” , added Himmelsbach.

The Celtics have many ways to use their TPE to attract a bench clerk. But it seems Boston feels like it’s done with its current roster – Luke Kornet and Sam Hauser will be re-signed to multi-year deals on Friday.

Boston.com’s Conor Roche noted that Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens warned fans that the team might not find a suitable candidate to use the $17.1 TPE and the team has smaller TPEs available have.

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