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Official: Celtics trade Thompson, acquire Dunn, Fernando

Boston also acquired a 2023 second round pick

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The Boston Celtics have traded Tristan Thompson to the Sacramento Kings for guard Kris Dunn and big man Bruno Fernando from the Atlanta Hawks. Boston also acquired a 2023 second round pick in the trade. Atlanta acquired guard Delon Wright from Sacramento to complete the trade.

Thompson averaged 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in his lone season with the Celtics. Thompson signed a two-year contract for the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception during the 2020 offseason.

Dunn signed with the Hawks via the Room Exception last offseason. Dunn exercised a $5 million player option for the 2021-22 season. Last year, Dunn spent most of the season injured and played in only four regular season games for Atlanta.

For his career, Dunn averages 8.2 points, 4.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

After the Hawks added veteran frontcourt depth during 2020-21, Fernando saw his role reduced. He played just 6.8 minutes per game over 33 contests.

The 2023 second round pick the Celtics will receive will be from the Portland Trail Blazers. Atlanta had acquired this pick in a previous trade.

Dunn is on an expiring contract worth $5,005,350. Fernando’s deal for 2021-22 is $1,782,621. Dunn will be an unrestricted free agent in 2022, while Fernando is eligible for restricted free agency.

It is expected that the Celtics acquired Dunn and Fernando via the Kemba Walker Traded Player Exception. If so, Boston will have created a new Traded Player Exception for Tristan Thompson worth $9,720,900.

The Celtics roster now stands at 14 players on fully guaranteed contracts. The team also has one player (Jabari Parker) on a non-guaranteed contract. Boston is also rumored to be signing undrafted rookie wing Sam Hauser to fill one of the team’s two open Two-Way spots.

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