It was a relief to Boston fans and members of the Celtics organization alike when Keith Bogans was traded last night. The disgruntled veteran became such a stick-in-the-mud last season that he was excused for “personal reasons”. Those “reasons” may or may not have anything to do with the fact that he has very little talent and is too old to play for a rebuilding team that is trying to develop its young players. So by default, the trade was a victory, if not solely for morale’s sake. The C’s netted a $5.3 million trade exception, along with several non-guaranteed contracts which, for the most part, will be waived.
Danny Ainge knew that the Bogans contract was tradeable and that it actually had value, due to its CBA-friendly structure. Boston got second round picks out of a player that probably wasn’t going to play a single minute this season and was inevitably going to complain the entire time. The Cavaliers will now have cap flexibility if they can flip the contracts of Bogans, Brendan Haywood and Anderson Varejão, which could potentially clear space for an improved center, which they sorely need. Continue reading Rumors, Rondo and the Keith Bogans Trade: A look into Danny Ainge’s Plans »