Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reports the Boston Celtics are among teams that have shown interest in signing Chicago Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen. The Finnish sharpshooting forward is also garnering interest from the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves.
After the Bulls signed forward DeMar DeRozan, who the Celtics reportedly also inquired after, the Finnisher — as he is sometimes called — was left the proverbial odd man out on his current squad. He is garnering interest from those teams regarding a potential salary of around $15 million per season, with a sign-and-trade needing to be orchestrated given the lack of cap space around the league.
Another potential hurdle for a landing spot would be the reported need to find a landing spot for the salary required to make space for Markkanen’s contract.
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Fischer also reports the Celtics “are exploring trade opportunities for point guard Kris Dunn and forward Bruno Fernando before concluding conversations with free agent Dennis Schroder.”
Could these issues be related? Or just parallel team-building endeavors? At any rate, they are certainly developments we will be keeping tabs on closely in the coming days.
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