The Brooklyn Nets deal with the Boston Celtics hasn’t even been official for a week yet, but the Celtics are already trying to dump the contracts of Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.
The Celtics acquired Humphries and Wallace along with MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph, and first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018 for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and D.J. White. The trade was a clear signal that the Celtics are in rebuilding-mode and a team in rebuilding mode has no need for the one-year and $12 million contract that Humphries still has nor the three-year and $30 million pact that Wallace has so it’s certainly no surprise to hear they are looking to dump them.
It’s not going to be easy to move those two contracts. It’s still a bit of a surprise that the Nets were able to move them this offseason and it took three first round draft picks to do it. The Celtics won’t be looking for players on the level of Garnett and Pierce, but it is still likely going to cost them some amount of draft picks to deal these two players especially Wallace, who struggled with consistency in 2012-13.
One thing we know for sure is that the Celtics will have to make a trade of some kind in the coming weeks. After bringing on five players from the Nets, the Celtics currently have too many players for their active roster to fit. So one way or another somebody has to go. If those players were Humphries and Wallace it certainly would make their rebuilding effort go much more smoothly.