BOSTON (CBS) — Brad Stevens has added another stretch-four to the Celtics roster, reportedly acquiring big man Juancho Hernangomez from the Memphis Grizzlies.
The trade, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, sends guards Kris Dunn and Carsen Edwards to Memphis. It also includes a 2026 second-round pick swap between the two teams.READ MORE: Red Sox Drop Ball Against Yankees, But Schedule Favors Them In Wild Card Race
Hernangomez was a first-round pick by the Denver Nuggets in 2016, and played three-plus seasons for the Nuggets before being dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2020 as part of a four-team trade. He was sent to Memphis earlier this summer as part of Minnesota’s trade package for guard Patrick Beverly.
Over his five-year NBA career, Hernangomez has averaged 5.7 points off 43 percent shooting — including 35 percent from downtown — to go with 3.5 rebounds. He averaged a career-best 7.2 points off 44 percent shooting and 3.9 rebounds for the Wolves in 2021 over 56 games (including six starts).READ MORE: Bill Belichick Says He Never Wanted Tom Brady To Leave Patriots: 'We Weren't As Good An Option As Tampa'
He’ll give new Celtics head coach Ime Udoka another big man who can stretch the floor off the bench, though Boston would probably like to see him raise his percentage from downtown. Hernangomez will be battling with Grant Williams and Jabari Parker for bench minutes at the power forward.
Boston acquired Dunn earlier this summer from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team deal that sent Tristan Thompson to the Sacramento Kings. Edwards, a skilled shooter in college who Boston drafted with in the second round in 2019, played sparingly over his two NBA seasons with the C’s. He averaged 9.2 minutes over 68 games, scoring 3.6 points off 37 percent shooting.MORE NEWS: Tom Brady Will (Almost Certainly) Set NFL's Passing Yards Record Vs. Patriots In Foxboro
In acquiring the 6-foot-9 Hernangomez for a pair of players, Boston trims its roster from 16 to 15. The deal will not be completed officially until Sept. 15, when Dunn and Edwards’ contracts are eligible to be included in a trade.