Celtics trade Vincent Poirier to Thunder for protected second round pick

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The Celtics offseason shuffling continued again on Thursday evening as they attempted to clear up some roster spots. The first step in the process was moving Vincent Poirier with cash to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a future protected second-round pick.

Poirier played in 22 games during his rookie season with Boston in 2019-20, averaging 1.9 points (47.2% FG), 2.0 rebounds, and 5.9 minutes played.

The draft pick heading Boston's way will never see the light of day (it's top-55 protected) so it's just a placeholder for what is a salary dump by the Celtics here. Boston needs roster room and Poirier is making $2.6 million next season so the C's sent him along with some cash to the Thunder in order to free up the roster room. The Thunder will be taking him into a traded player exception, according to a league source so no money will be coming back Boston's way.

The move opens the door for the Celtics to salary dump Enes Kanter's $5 million in a separate trade with Memphis tonight if