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Pagliuca: Celtics Willing to Enter Luxury Tax to Win

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Steve Pagliuca says the NBA is going “back to the future” where the salary cap is concerned.

This summer’s salary cap adjustment, which lowered the number to $99.093 million for the 2017-18 season, and set the luxury tax level at $119.266 million, took an especially draconian hit on the Celtics.

That tightened cap number is the reason Avery Bradley was introduced as a member of the Detroit Pistons last Thursday, thus giving the Celtics room to account for Gordon Hayward’s four-year, $128 million contract.

But the Celtics are likely on the brink of a true throwback, to the days when Celtics ownership happily paid luxury taxes throughout the era of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

Pagliuca isn’t sure the team will re-enter tax-land next summer, but if exceeding the tax line means once again having an annual chance of reaching the NBA Finals, then the co-owner says so be it.

“I don’t know if it’s inevitable, but if we feel it’s going to help us win a championship, then we will,” he said. “We have a history of doing what we need to do to win.

Source: Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Spurs Listening On Trade Offers For Kawhi Leonard

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Spurs are willing listeners on Kawhi Leonard trade proposals, but haven’t been proactive in chasing down offers, league sources tell ESPN. For now, make an offer and they’ll add it to their board. Spurs and Lakers have had no dialogue on Leonard.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Bucks Looking To Trade Down, Unloading Matthew Dellavedova

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The Bucks are pursuing trades using the no. 17 pick to dump point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who has two years and $19.2 million remaining on his contract.

Milwaukee, however, is only looking to trade down in the draft, not to use a deal as an outright salary dump.

Source: Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer

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Sources: Multiple Teams in Discussion to Acquire No. 4 Pick

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The Memphis Grizzlies are in discussions with a number of teams to trade the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources tell ESPN. Any such trade would likely include forward Chandler Parsons, whose contract is considered an albatross because of his knee problems.

The Grizzlies have several potential trade partners, as the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and LA Clippers have shown varying degrees of interest in a deal, a source told ESPN.

According to sources, the Grizzlies don’t anticipate the most serious proposals to arrive until they are on the clock Thursday, shortly before 8 p.m. ET. While contingent deals can be made earlier, the Grizzlies and other teams might want to see which prospects are available at No. 4 before deciding on a deal.

Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN

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