In return for point guard Kris Dunn, forward Bruno Fernando, and a 2023 second round selection, the Celtics have agreed to transfer center Tristan Thompson to the Atlanta Hawks. As of this weekend, the deal is likely to be concluded.
Source: After acquiring Al Horford from the Thunder last month, Boston wanted to clear some room in their frontcourt, which featured Robert Williams, a budding big man.
Boston is likewise trying to decrease costs. Jeremy Thompson has one year left on his two-year, $18 million contract from the previous year. It is estimated that Dunn will earn $5 million next season while Fernando will get $1.8 million, saving $3 million.
As the fifth overall choice in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Timberwolves picked former Providence standout Kris Dunn. A former top-level defender, he has seen his career cut short by injury. His time with the Bulls in 2019-20 was curtailed by a right knee strain, and he endured ankle surgery after signing with the Hawks this past season. During the Hawks’ season, he appeared in just four games.
The Celtics are trading Tristan Thompson to Atlanta for Kris Dunn, and a 2023 second-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
BRUNO FERNANDO is on his way to the Celtics, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
After Kemba Walker was dealt to the Thunder as part of the Horford deal, he should provide backcourt depth. Free agency begins on Monday, according to a source.
Six-foot-nine-inch center Fernando was selected in the second round of the 2019 draught. During his time with the Hawks, he averaged 1.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 31 games.