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Celtics trade Vincent Poirier to Thunder; Enes Kanter picks up $5 million option

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 26: Vincent Poirier #77 of the Boston Celtics warms up prior to a game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on February 26, 2020 in Salt Lake City, UT. 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. Mandatory Credit: 2020 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Boston Celtics and their role players were making news the day before free agency opens with a series of moves.

Boston traded French big man Vincent Poirier, plus cash, to Oklahoma City.

The second-year center is 27 years old and played in 22 games during his rookie season. He was not part of Boston’s future and the team needs the roster spot for other free agency moves.

Turkish big man Enes Kanter opted into his $5 million contract next season with the Celtics in another expected move.

For Kanter, that’s more than he will make on the open market (it’s a depressed market for centers), so it’s a smart financial move.

However, don’t expect to see him in Celtics’ Green next season as he is rumored to be part of a few different trade scenarios out there.

Finally, Boston did not offer guard Brad Wanamaker a qualifying offer, making him a free agent. Again this was about roster maneuverability, but unlike Kanter and Poirier there is a good chance Wanamaker is back with the Celtics next season (especially if Gordon Hayward leaves the team).

All of this is just roster spot shuffling by Boston, hinting at much bigger things to come.