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Report: Boston Celtics trade Jabari Bird to Atlanta Hawks

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The Hawks will waive Bird, who still faces domestic violence charges. Boston now has one open roster spot.

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According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Boston Celtics have traded guard Jabari Bird the Atlanta Hawks. Bird is still facing multiple domestic violence charges and has not played this season for the Celtics. He is set to appear at Brighton Municipal Court on Wednesday, February 13th.

Our own Keith Smith is reporting that the Celtics will receive a heavily protected second round pick in return, which will likely never convey to Boston. The Celtics will also send cash to Atlanta, covering the Hawks for taking on Bird before they waive him, per Smith’s report.

Shipping off Bird is a big win for the Celtics, since they now have an open roster spot to attack the crowded buyout market. There was hope that trading the 24-year-old would help Boston avoid the luxury tax, but Smith is reporting that this isn’t the case.

According to Smith, Boston will use their mid-level exception to fill this final roster spot, now that Bird is out of the picture. Using the MLE gives Boston more buying power in the market by being able to add on an extra $4.5-4.7 million to a deal. If the Celtics buyout acquisition is willing to take on that two-year contract, the team can use that $4.5-4.7 million for salary matching in a potential Anthony Davis trade this offseason.