The Boston Celtics currently have two trade exceptions that they could use to fill in some of the remaining spots on their roster: The $6.9 million Juancho Hernangomez and the $5.9 million Dennis Schroder trade exception. One player they could target with either one of those exceptions is Jarred Vanderbilt of the Utah Jazz.
Vanderbilt is coming off a breakout year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, as he averaged career-bests across the board during the 2021-22 season. His averages of 6.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 steals a game were all career-highs for him.
Vanderbilt was included in Minnesota’s trade package that was sent to Utah for Rudy Gobert. With Utah trading Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they have signaled that they are starting to scratch. Vanderbilt is slated to make $4.3 million for the 2022-23 season, according to Spotrac, so the Celtics could use either the Hernangomez or Schroder TPE to acquire him.
While Vanderbilt could fill in for the void left by the injured Danilo Gallinari, do the Jazz want to trade the 23-year-old? Brian Robb of MassLive revealed the inside scoop in his mailbag on September 6.
“League sources tell MassLive that the Jazz think highly of the cheap young power forward acquired as part of the Rudy Gobert deal. He would certainly help fill the Gallinari absence in the frontcourt depth, but his youth makes him a player that’s not as readily available as other veterans.”
At 23 years old, Vanderbilt fits the Jazz’ rebuilding timeline.
Robb’s Thoughts on Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay is another player the Celtics could target with the Hernangomez TPE. At 6’8” and best known as a scorer, Gay could potentially fill in for the injured Gallinari. Gay is slated to make $6.1 million for the 2022-23 season, according to Spotrac. Robb gave his thoughts on the prospect of getting Gay.
“The 36-year-old spent time with Ime Udoka in San Antonio but fell out of Utah’s rotation entirely at the end of last season. Boston could simply absorb him into a trade exception for a second-round pick in all likelihood, but there’s no sign here that Gay could be a major contributor in Boston after failing to get on the floor in the postseason for a first-round out last postseason. Given that Gay has guaranteed money on his deal for next season as well, I’d expect Brad Stevens to steer clear of a veteran on the decline.”
While acquiring Gay via trade may not be in the cards, Gay could potentially be waived by Utah if they want him out of there. If that were to be the case, Boston could look to get him via free agency if that was to be the case.
Noah Vonleh’s Contract Details Released
The Celtics may very well simply look at who they have on the roster now to fill the void left by Gallinari, like former lottery pick Noah Vonleh. Keith Smith of CelticsBlog reported the details of Vonleh’s deal with the team on September 8.
Vonleh has been a journeyman since coming into the NBA in 2014. Since being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, Vonleh’s had stints with the Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, and Brooklyn Nets.
He did not play throughout the entirety of the 2021-22 season.