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Four players to watch to use the Evan Fournier traded player exception on

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The Boston Celtics have become pioneers in the art of juggling traded player exceptions to maintain cap flexibility and manage their overall luxury tax burden, deftly using second-round draft picks to allow the franchise to add or deal away players

The team possesses three such TPEs of note on top of two smaller ones.

Apart from those, Boston has TPEs for $17.1 million from the Evan Fournier trade, $9.7 million from the Tristan Thompson deal and just over $5 million left from the Kemba Walker trade.

Not yet 26, he’s young enough to be worth hanging onto for the other side of their rebuild, but also just old enough it might be worth trading him given he’ll be looking for a very large deal stretching into his 30s by the time he finishes this one in 2022-23.

Lauri Markkanen – forward – Cleveland Cavaliers

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Another player in a crowded frontcourt on a Cavs team that may be disposed to move him for draft assets and younger talent is recently acquired Cleveland forward Lauri Markannen.

Any trade for the Finnish marksman is likely to be steep, but perhaps still worth a call for the prospect of high-volume, efficient 3-point shooting at the four for Boston with Markkanen set to earn $15.6 million in 2021-22.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire.

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