Monday’s 11:59 p.m. deadline will pass without the Celtics using their $17.1 million trade exception that was created when the team sent Evan Fournier to the Knicks last summer in a sign-and-trade, according to multiple league sources.
After the team acquired Malcolm Brogdon from the Pacers and signed forward Danilo Gallinari earlier this month, likely pushing the team’s luxury tax bill toward $45 million and giving Boston an obvious 10-player depth chart, using the exception became unlikely.
“At the end of the day, trade exceptions are a tool but it’s not our only avenue,” president of basketball operations Brad Stevens said last month. “If that thing [vanishes] because we don’t find the right deal, we still have two other TPEs to use towards the trade deadline.”
The Celtics still have $6.9 and $5.9 million trade exceptions that will expire at the trade deadline next February.