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Celtics escape luxury tax with Magic trade

Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier, who got traded from the Celtics to the Magic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 10: Bol Bol #10 of the Denver Nuggets is congratulated by PJ Dozier #35 and Mason Plumlee #7 during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 10, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)

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The Celtics reduced their payroll by trading Juancho Hernangomez for P.J. Dozier and Bol Bol.

Now, Boston is flipping Dozier and Bol – both of whom were out with long-term injuries when acquired from the Nuggets – to the Magic to completely dodge the luxury tax.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

Now, not only will the Celtics avoid paying the luxury tax, they’ll get the portion of the tax distributed to non-taxpaying teams. That could be about $10 million this year, depending what tax-avoiding moves other teams make.

Below the luxury-tax line, Boston now appears less likely to trade Dennis Schroder, who has helped the team win six straight and eight of nine.

For its trouble, Orlando gets a second-round pick and maybe enough cash to cover Dozier’s and Bol’s remaining salaries. (I’d guess the pick to the Celtics is top-55-protected and included only because teams are required to send out something in a trade.) E’Twaun Moore has not played on his one-year contract due to injury.