Celtics are given 8.4 million dollar exception… What now?
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The NBA granted the Celtics an 8.4 million dollar disabled player exception after Gordon Hayward’s injury on opening night.

What does that mean?

That means the Celtics are allowed to use those 8.4 million dollars as cap space to bring on another player.


Nope. Not how that works. The Celtics can only trade for or sign someone who is in the final year of his contract. The Celtics also can only use this exception on ONE player, it cannot be split. That’s how this works, it’s an exception because Hayward will return to the team. So it doesn’t make sense to be able to bring someone or multiple guys on for multiple years.

That’s dumb…

You’re dumb. Moving on.

So who are they going to get?

It’s never a good move to assume who Danny Ainge is going to pursue with things like this. However, these are the potential names popping up as of right now…

Nerlens Noel
Boris Diaw
Gerald Green
Matt Barnes
Ersan Ilyasova

These are just the names right now that are coming to people’s minds, and we’ll address them.

Nerlens Noel is a Massachusetts guy currently getting yelled at every night by Rick Carlisle in Dallas. I actually somewhat know Nerlens from a friend of mine who played AAU basketball with him. I met him and talked to him twice, cool guy. Years later I saw him warming up for the Sixers at the Garden and said what’s up and he walked right past me. BEST FRIENDS Y’ALL! — But seriously I think Noel’s game fits into Brad’s system and he has the ability to rebound and stretch the floor a little bit.

Boris Diaw is my favorite on this list. Boris Diaw is a Spurs product and just knows how to win. The guy is a hard worker and Greg Popovich always raved about his ability and basketball IQ. When I heard that stuff, it fires me up. He is a proven rebounder with the build that he has. Diaw has a three-point shot and will bust his ass on both ends of the floor.

I already wrote a piece on Gerald Green (admittedly before I was knowledgeable of the disabled player exception) where I said that Celtics fans should stop yelling at Danny Ainge to sign him the day after the Hayward injury. Was that shortsighted of me? Yup. Was I angry in the moment and wanted to yell at everyone? You betcha. Knowing what I know now with this exception. I wouldn’t be opposed to Gerald returning but I still don’t think it’s the right move to make. Jayson Tatum is balling right now on the wing. I’d rather see the position addressed in the area of where Horford and Baynes are positioned.

Matt Barnes HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO – I’m just going to leave it there, thank you for your time. I’m kidding, I’ll explain. Matt Barnes is just not the guy you need here. Matt Barnes is good for the occasional three, and almost punching the opposing team’s best player before being held back. We have that… Marcus Smart.

Ersan Ilyasova I’ll admit it, I am still shocked whenever I see Ersan’s name pop up because he’s just a guy you forget is still in the league. He was drafted back in 2005… I was in 5th grade. He’s been around forever and you always think it’s been longer. Ersan is a stretch power forward but also a wing. He is this weird hybrid that Brad Stevens salivates over. The guy is 6’10 which makes me feel more comfortable about him in the post versus a Gerald Green.

All in all, it probably won’t be any of these guys. That’s how Danny Ainge works. Also, if you’re expecting the Celtics to use this exception immediately… Stop. They are really in no rush to do so. I think they wait until after the trade deadline passes and see what the buyout market looks like. By doing this, Ainge allows his team to play enough games to really form an identity and address what weaknesses need to be fixed in time for the playoffs.




Just doing the damn thing, one Boston sporting event at a time. Founder of Boston Bench Mob. Mid-range jump shot enthusiast. Believer of the TB12 Method. Mozzarella sticks for life.

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