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A trade for Mason Plumlee and Wayne Ellington is a safe, beneficial deal for Celtics

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The deal: Tristan Thompson, Javonte Green and a likely heavily protected 2022 first-round pick for Mason Plumlee and Wayne Ellington.

Since signing a three-year, $25 million deal with Detroit in the offseason, Plumlee has seen an uptick in minutes, points, assists and rebounds.

“I’m not going to come in and be gun shy. My clip will be empty,” Weaver told the Detroit Free Press’ Omari Sankofa II.

Trading Plumlee’s three-year deal and getting a first-round pick back for an expiring deal in Ellington makes sense, and maintains the vision Weaver has for the Pistons: staying young and athletic and holding picks. Taking Thompson essentially cuts a year off Plumlee’s deal, giving Detroit more cap flexibility for the 2023 offseason – which they could hope to be players in, according to Edwards.

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