Reports: Celtics to pick up Brogdon, Gallinari; Bulls re-sign LaVine to 5-year, $215M deal

  • Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (left) hangs on the rim after dunking in front of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jaylen Nowell during the first half of a game in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 25, 2022. Nurkic agreed to a $70 million contract with Portland on Friday. Craig Mitchelldyer / AP file

  • Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine starts a fast break during the first half of an NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 24 in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast / AP file

AP Basketball Writer
Published: 7/1/2022 5:32:49 PM
Modified: 7/1/2022 5:30:15 PM

The Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics added two veterans to their rotation, according to published reports on Friday.

According to ESPN, they picked up point guard Malcolm Brogdon in trade with the Indiana Pacers for center Daniel Theis, guard Aaron Nesmith and a 2023 first round pick.

The Associated Press is reporting that Danilo Gallinari, according to a person familiar with his decision, intends to sign a two-year deal with the Celtics — once his waiving by the San Antonio Spurs is completed. Gallinari was sent to San Antonio this week in a trade that brought All-Star guard Dejounte Murray to Atlanta.

In other NBA news, Day 2 of NBA free agency on Friday brought another max deal — this time, going to Zach LaVine, who secured the richest contract in Bulls history when he agreed to a $215 million, five-year contract.

LaVine technically was a free agent, for about 18 hours. Klutch Sports, which represents LaVine, made the announcement of the max agreement, with the Bulls able to offer the Olympic gold medalist and two-time All-Star $56 million more than any other club could this summer.

Jusuf Nurkic got by far the biggest payday of his career, agreeing to a four-year, $70 million contract with Portland. The center just completed his eighth NBA season, the last six of those coming with the Trail Blazers, for whom he averaged 15 points and 11.1 rebounds this past season.

Mitchell Robinson is another big man not moving elsewhere, agreeing Friday to a $60 million, four-year contract to remain with the New York Knicks.

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