How the Celtics avoided a bigger luxury tax hit by trading Abdel Nader to the Thunder

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The Celtics had planned on waiving Abdel Nader this past weekend but they found another way to cut ties with him on Monday night. The team announced they had dealt the small forward to the Oklahoma City Thunder with cash for Rodney Purvis in a deal primarily motivated by money savings for both sides.

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Nader's contract was guaranteed for $450,000 of his $1.4-million salary for this season prior to August 1st, so the Celtics were going to be on the hook for that total if they waived him outright. Instead of taking that loss (and additional luxury tax penalty that came with it), Boston's front office found a team willing to take on Nader in the Thunder.

The move benefits both teams for a couple of reasons.