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Celtics trade backup center Vincent Poirier to Thunder

Center Vincent Poirier (left) was a nonfactor for the Celtics last season, playing in just 22 games.
Center Vincent Poirier (left) was a nonfactor for the Celtics last season, playing in just 22 games.John Raoux/Associated Press

The Celtics opened up a roster spot Thursday, trading backup center Vincent Poirier and cash to the Thunder for a protected future second-round pick.

The Celtics signed the Frenchman in the summer of 2019 to a fully guaranteed two-year, $5 million deal. But it quickly became apparent that he was not going to be a key contributor for Boston. He appeared in 22 games for the Celtics last season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds a game.

“Thank you Celtics for your warm welcome and this great year!” Poirier posted on Twitter. “To my teammates, coaching staff and the fans see you soon.”

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Poirier is due to receive $2.6 million this season, and the Celtics likely covered that entire amount in their deal with the Thunder, as they were primarily focused on opening the roster spot.


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