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Cutting Coupons

Shira in the Globe:

When the season rolls around, the Celtics will have to cut three players with guarantees. Regardless of who makes the cut, the team will not suffer severe financial repercussions.

The cash considerations received from Miami in the Walker trade ($3 million) have given the Celtics extra money to play with. Theoretically, the cash was designed to cover the contracts of Woods and Curtis Borchardt (about $2.65 million combined), but Boston can use it to cover any contracts. Essentially, Ainge and Rivers have free looks at some intriguing players.