Jeremy Lin - $13,440,000
TOR '23 2nd
TOR '24 2nd
Total $$$ Sent:
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - $9,809,540
Total $$$ Sent: $9,809,540 (X 1.5= $14,714,310>$13,440,000)
Clearly the 34 year old Lin was not long for the team and although he's still a solid option at the point guard position, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provides a shutdown level defensive combo forward who is uniquely capable of implementing the high pressure defensive system that coach Lawrence Frank has in mind. Pairing him with Kawhi on the wing will terrorize opposing wing players.
Lance Stephenson - $11,116,000
Total $$$ Sent: $11,116,000
TJ Warren - $7,000,000
Travis Wear - $3,400,000
Total $$$ Sent: $11,400,00
Boston didn't have minutes for Warren and/or Wear and we were happy to move an expiring Lance Stephenson for two highly efficient offensive players who can also play on the defensive end of the court. Our goal is to build around defenders who can also spread the floor and Warren gives us a very solid scorer but not one who is going to hurt teams from the 3 point line. Still at 7M and at only 28 years old he gives us a reclamation project who we expect to average around 15/5 off the bench for us, so we will make an exception.
Lawrence Frank had this to say:
I think that with Kawhi's ability to handle the rock (60 HND) and make smart decisions, we will experiment with starting him at the SG position and having him split minutes at the 2 and the 3 and give Rondae Hollis-Jefferson the start at the 3 for us. Joseph/Kawhi/Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will be able to lock down the perimeter and this will also give Bell the opportunity to make plays from the frontcourt. With Curry/Johnson anchoring the bench and providing elite spacing and Warren giving us a guy who can create his own offense we should be able to make some noise in the Eastern conference. Travis Wear should give us some quality minutes in the frontcourt.
Cory Joseph/Seth Curry
Kawhi Leonard/Nick Johnson
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson/TJ Warren
Jordan Bell/David Wear
DeMarcus Cousins/Travis Wear/Jordan Bachynski
GM Blackice had this to say:
Obviously I wanted to make my mark on this team and although I've taken offers on everyone on the roster it's clear that Joseph and Bell are here to stay. Although we are in win now mode I won't be giving away our 1st rounders and although I'll move one for a difference maker I am perfectly content to continue to make minor moves and upgrade the roster without mortgaging the future of this franchise.