Celtics

How does the draft lottery impact the Celtics salary cap and potential trades?

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The final pieces of the Celtics puzzle were filled in on Tuesday night as the team now knows exactly what they have to work with from a financial and asset perspective for a crucial 2019 offseason. Here's an updated look at the pieces the Celtics now have at their disposal this offseason and how the now set picks could impact some wheelings and dealings in the weeks to come.

Guaranteed Salaries for 2019-20 season 

Gordon Hayward: $32.7 million
Marcus Smart: $12.6 million
Jayson Tatum: $7.8 million
Jaylen Brown: $6.5 million
Guerschon Yabusele: $3.1 million
Robert Williams: $1.9 million
Semi Ojeleye: $1.3 million
No. 14 pick: $3.45 million
No. 20 pick: $2.6 million
No. 22 pick: $2.38 million
No. 51 pick: (no cap hold)

Guaranteed money committed: $74.33 million to seven players and three draft slots
NBA Salary Cap Projection: $109 million
Luxury Tax Projection: $132 million

Note: Each draft slot number is at 120 percent (max) of potential salary, which is the standard amount teams sign first-round rookies for. 

Other Potential Salary Obligations

Player options (Decision must be made by June 29th)

Al Horford: $30.1 million
Kyrie Irving: $21.3 million
Aron Baynes: $5.45 million

Restricted Free Agents

Terry Rozier, Daniel Theis

Unrestricted Free Agents

Marcus Morris, Brad Wanamaker, Jonathan Gibson

What are the Celtics' options with their draft picks when it comes to trades?

The Celtics have two options when it comes to trading draft picks. The first is to agree to a trade on the night of the draft. In that scenario, the rights to a player can be traded and said player holds no salary matching value in a trade (since the player is unsigned). This is the most common sort of trade you will see on draft night with one team simply drafting who another team wants at their spot.

The other (rarer) way rookies can be traded upon being drafted is after they sign their rookie contract. In this instance, any team can trade a player 30 days after they sign a contract. In this version of a trade, a rookie's salary slot counts as salary in a deal and can be used to help make the money match up in a trade for a veteran player with a sizable salary.

What is a good example of this type of deal?

The most prominent example was in 2015 when the Cavs drafted Andrew Wiggins at No. 1. Days later, LeBron James agreed to a deal with the Cavs, which created a more win-now mindset for the franchise. More than thirty days after Wiggins signed his contract, he was dealt with Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young as part of a three-team trade in late August which ended up with Love landing in Cleveland. Wiggins' salary was used as part of the salary matching needed to help even things out with Love's big salary.

Could this type of trade come into play for the Celtics this summer? How would it work?