After lingering back-and-forth discussions, the Boston Celtics finally got their man, at an extremely team-friendly price might we add. As first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard-needy Cs agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent Dennis Schroder for the $5.9 million taxpayer mid-level exception. Yet, while Boston theoretically bolstered their backcourt, there’s still somewhat of a roadblock in the way — roster space.
As things currently sit, the team has no open roster spots, and while this is will in no way affect Schroder’s deal, his arrival will almost certainly mean the end to other current Celtics’ runs in Boston.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the team had been “exploring trade opportunities for point guard Kris Dunn and forward Bruno Fernando” prior to concluding contract conversations with Schroder.
This shouldn’t come as much surprise, as it had been up in the air whether either player would actually join the Celtics in the first play. As Brian Robb of Mass Live noted, when there was a hold-up in finalizing the trade that shipped Tristan Thompson to the Sacramento Kings, “there appeared to be behind-the-scenes reasons. Boston was looking for another trade partner for its recently acquired pieces,” ie: Dunn and Fernando.