The Celtics reportedly acquire Bol Bol, PJ Dozier in a 3-team deal


The Celtics traded Juancho Hernangomez as part of the deal.

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The Celtics reportedly bought Bol Bol and PJ Dozier on Tuesday. Photo by AP / David Zalubowski

The Celtics reportedly acquired Bol Bol and PJ Dozier on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal with the Spurs and Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics traded Juancho Hernangomez to the Spurs, while the Nuggets signed Bryn Forbes.

As noted by MassLives Brian Robb, the purpose of the move from the Celtics’ end was that it helped them trim $ 4 million in payroll and thereby avoid payroll tax. Dozier is likely out of season after tearing his ACL in November. He previously signed with the Celtics on a two-way contract and played six games in the 2018-19 season. He developed significantly as a versatile defensive threat over the next three years in Denver, starting six games in 2020-21. In 18 games for the Nuggets this season, he averaged 5.4 points on 36.4 percent shooting (31.3 percent from 3-point range).

Bol is a wildcard, which has been the case throughout his basketball career. The 7-foot-2 son of the late Manute Bol, Bol slipped into the second round of the 2019 draft due to health issues. He has yet to find his foothold in the NBA. But Bol showed a lot of exciting glimpses in college, where he shot 52 percent from 3-point range and had an average of 1.4 blocks per game. match in Oregon, where he played alongside Payton Pritchard.

The Nuggets recently tried to give Bol to the Pistons, but the deal was canceled when the Pistons discovered that Bol has a foot injury that is said to require surgery. He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, meaning the Celtics could get a look at him late in the season if he returns on a more optimistic timeline.

Hernangomez played in 18 games for the Celtics this season, averaging just over five minutes. He will earn $ 6.2 million this season.

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