Celtics will be acquiring Perry Jones, a second round pick and cash from Oklahoma City. Not really giving up anything. Tax deal for OKC.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 14, 2015
The Thunder will receive a protected second-round pick from Boston and a trade exception of about $2.1 million. But this is a salary dump.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) July 14, 2015
Jones is set to make $2.04 million next year and was never able to consistently crack the rotation in Oklahoma City. With the Thunder payroll close to $100 million, it’s not surprising Sam Presti dealt the youngster away to save a few tax dollars.
Jones, the 28th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, is still just 23 years old and remains an intriguing talent because of his size and versatility. He’s 6’11 and showed some flashes of his in 2013-14, shooting 45.9 percent overall and 36.1 percent from three in 62 games in 2013-14. However, he took a step back last year, shooting 39.7 percent overall and 23.3 percent from three in 43 games.
We’ll see if Jones gets an opportunity to stick in Boston in a crowded frontcourt. The Celtics have a bevy of quality young players in place but are still looking to swing for a legit star to go along with that young talent.