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The Celtics completed a deal with Washington on Saturday, re-signing unrestricted free agent power forward Kris Humphries to a three-year, $13 million contract and subsequently trading him to the Wizards in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Humphries was quite solid last year for the Celtics, who acquired him from Brooklyn in the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, averaging 8.4 points on 50.1% field goal shooting and 5.9 rebounds in 69 games, 30 of them as a starter. He will now play with Pierce in Washington.
Boston also received the Wizards’ trade exception in the deal. The Celtics used the exception they got as part of the Nets’ package last year in the three-team trade that brought Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller to Boston earlier this month. While the Wizards are coming off a trip to the second round of the playoffs and are looking like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference for the 2014-15 season, Danny Ainge and the Celtics seem content to take the rebuilding process slowly, although the possibilities of trading for Minnesota PF Kevin Love or dealing point guard Rajon Rondo to Houston are still reportedly on the table.
By not waiving him before the deadline earlier this week, the Celtics guaranteed the contract of PG Phil Pressey for next season. As an undrafted free agent in 2013, Pressey’s salary is the league minimum: $816,482. Pressey had a strong finish to his rookie season, starting 11 games while Rondo continued to get in shape following his knee surgery, and ended up averaging 2.8 points and 3.2 assists. He put in some impressive performances in the Orlando Summer League, where he posted averages of 10.6 points, 5.4 dimes and 2.2 steals in five games.
Pressey’s exact spot on the depth chart remains to be seen, but he started every game at the point in Orlando while rookie Marcus Smart joined him in the backcourt at shooting guard, which could be an indication that Pressey will, in fact, remain as Rondo’s backup with Smart behind Avery Bradley at the two-guard spot.
Back in the departures category, the Celtics’ other UFA, SG Jerryd Bayless, is reportedly close to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. Bayless recorded 10.1 points and 3.1 assists per game in 41 appearances after being acquired by Boston from Memphis at midseason.