Brad Stevens is quickly earning himself a reputation as a silent assassin. The Boston Celtics are reportedly bringing in Memphis Grizzlies forward Juancho Hernangomez in a trade that sees Carsen Edwards, Kris Dunn, and a 2026 second-round pick swap head in the opposite direction.
Memphis has agreed to trade forward Juancho Hernangomez to Boston for guards Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards and a 2026 second-round pick swap, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2021
Edwards signed a multi-year deal with the Celtics after a solid 2019 Summer League tournament but has failed to cement a role within the rotation despite flashing upside as a microwave scorer. The Purdue product was one of the Celtics' best players in the 2021 Summer League tournament too, averaging 13.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Kris Dunn is a different story, having only joined the Celtics in August as part of a three-team trade that saw him and Bruno Fernando join the team with Tristan Thompson heading to Sacramento.
Hernangomez finds himself in a similar position, as he was also traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the past month, but finds himself moving to yet another team. The Grizzlies acquired both the Madrid native and Jarrett Culver in a deal that saw Patrick Beverley head to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In Juancho Hernangomez, the Celtics are filling a position of need at the power forward spot. The 6’9’’ forward will add size and multi-level scoring to the Celtics rotation, with the hope that his floor spacing will open up driving lanes for his teammates.
Hernangomez is a career 35.1% shooter from three on 2.5 attempts per game. Coming off the back of a poor shooting season for the Timberwolves, the Celtics will be hoping they can help him rediscover his shooting touch off the bench.
Hernangomez gives the Celtics another potential floor-spacer in a bench role; Grizzlies continue to find some value in margins and will continue to be open to deals as franchise manages a roster numbers crunch ahead of 2021-2022 season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2021
Overall, the Celtics have cleared their logjam at the point guard position and added a reliable veteran presence to a position that needed solidifying. Brad Stevens also continues to make the best use out of the teams future second-round picks, while keeping cap flexibility - Hernangomez is non-guaranteed for the 2022 NBA season.