The Celtics offseason began last month with the trade of the team’s starting point guard in Kemba Walker and it appears Brad Stevens is efforting to find a replacement via another deal.
Boston is reportedly one of three teams (Lakers, Clippers) that are doing their ‘trade due diligence’ on Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP Sports.
Rubio is currently in the final year of a three-year contract and will earn $17.8 million next season. The 30-year-old started 51 games at point guard last year for Minnesota and has posted 11 points, 7.6 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game over his ten NBA seasons. He is in the midst of playing for Spain during his third straight Olympics.
What could the Celtics offer in a potental Rubio pursuit?
Rubio’s salary would not fit into any of Boston’s four available traded player exceptions so any type of deal would have to involve Boston sending out at least 12.8 million in salary. That leaves a few different possibilities for Stevens to consider while weighing a potential pursuit. Let’s explore which deals work for salary matching and whether any would make sense from Boston’s perspective.