The Bucks have agreed to terms with the Boston Celtics on a trade that would send backup guard Keyon Dooling to the Celtics in exchange for a second-round pick, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. With the Celtics over the salary cap and Dooling scheduled to make $2.1 million on the final year of his contract, the deal as rumored doesn’t quite make sense under the NBA’s trade rules.
Teams are allowed to officially announce trades tomorrow. Other assets should be involved to make the deal legal.
After agreeing to terms with free agent small forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. earlier in the day, the Bucks had created quite a logjam among its roster spots and the team needed to clear Dooling’s roster spot. A June trade that brought in two other backup point guards — Shaun Livingston and Beno Udrih — correctly fueled speculation that Dooling would be traded after the resolution of the lockout.
A longtime NBA veteran and a Vice-President of the NBA Players’ Association, Dooling has averaged 7.2 points and 2.3 assists per game over his 11-year career.
Update (11:19 PM): Chris Forsberg reports that the trade will work because of a trade-deadline deal the Celtics made last year that sent Marquis Daniels to the Sacramento Kings for a crazy top-55-protected 2nd round pick in 2017. That trade cleared out a Boston roster spot occupied by the injured Daniels, sent cash to the Kings, and helped get the Kings closer to the league’s minimum team payroll. In addition to the pick, the Celtics earned a trade exception which they are now using to absorb Dooling’s salary.