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NBA Draft 2019: Top 5 draft day trades

  • A number of interesting trades were made on draft night, and here are the Top 5.
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Modified 01 Apr 2020, 17:29 IST

#3 Phoenix Suns/Boston Celtics trade

The Boston Celtics sent Aron Baynes to Pheonix in order to free up cap space
The Boston Celtics sent Aron Baynes to Pheonix in order to free up cap space

Over the past 12 months, Aron Baynes has continually expressed his desire to remain with the Boston Celtics - although he was sent to Phoenix last night. In a trade that few envisioned, the Celtics sent Baynes and the No. 24 overall pick to the Suns in exchange for a 2020 first-round selection.

During the 18-19 season, Baynes averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, and he recently opted into his $5.4 million player option for the forthcoming season. 

However, the Celtics decided to move the 32-year-old on in favor of creating cap space, and if Kyrie Irving and Al Horford leave as expected, the Celtics will be approaching nearly $24 million available in space. This gives the team the chance to contend in the free-agency market, while the Suns have landed a veteran that can help guide a young roster.

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Published 22 Jun 2019, 06:44 IST
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