Brad Stevens continues to shake things up early in his tenure as president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics and Grizzlies struck a deal today, sending Juan Hernangomez to the Cs in exchange for Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards. There is also a 2026 second round choice exchange. Hernangomez and Dunn have both been traded twice this offseason.
While that decision doesn’t really change much in terms of overall talent on the Celtics’ roster, here’s a breakdown of what Hernangomez will bring to the table whether or not he plays important minutes.
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Hernangomez is what I would consider a four-piece prototype.
At six-foot-nine and 214 pounds, he’s clearly the size of a power forward, but with a solid career three percentage points of 35 percent, he deserves the big stretch tag.
Hernangomez is not the best defender or ball handler, which limits his abilities on the ground, but he is fortunate enough to be a great spacer on the ground in the power forward position that is currently lacking in the roster in outside of Jayson Tatum.
While he only shot about 33% from downtown last season, going from a not-so-great team in Minnesota to a near-contender in Boston should help him get more than 3 open points and shoot a higher percentage.
Based on the fact that Hernangomez shot 42% from 14 games when the Timberwolves acquired him in the 2019-20 season, he is obviously capable of being a good shot, but just needs his teammates. to help him look better to increase his percentage.
Although I have already written an article highlighting my planned rotation next year, I think Hernangomez could get a few minutes as a backup power as long as he takes down three, especially if Ime Udoka decides to consistently execute a rotation of 10 men.
How does it fit into the books?
The next and last thing I’m going to look at is Hernangomez’s contract.
A theme this offseason for Brad Stevens has been financial flexibility for the next offseason, so it’s important to see how the contract impacts the team down the line.
Continuing the theme of this offseason, he has two years left on his contract, but next year is not guaranteed, meaning his contract can be canceled in the next offseason simply by releasing him.
Essentially, Stevens has now acquired another player with a year left on his contract who can contribute well to the squad this season without hurting the squad’s financial flexibility the next offseason.
No matter how much Hernangomez contributes this season, I think that trade was solid as the Boston Celtics haven’t really given up much to get a player who fits well into their current roster plans.