In a little less than one week, Danny Ainge has created quite a stir surrounding the Boston Celtics.
With one major trade already on the books this summer, Ainge still has plenty of work to do before Boston takes the floor this fall. Following that blockbuster deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Ainge's crew consists of 15 players, including 12 on guaranteed deals. That doesn't even include their two 2013 draft picks, Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson.
At the moment, that is simply too many players. The Celtics will be looking to massage this roster down a bit, while picking up some cap space and possibly assets in the process.
Those 15 current players will rake in around $71.2 million next season, putting the Celtics right around the still-undefined luxury tax number. Olynyk's guaranteed deal will most definitely push them over.
While the Celtics owners are willing and able to pay the tax when necessary, they would much prefer to do so while putting a winning team on the floor. Paying Kris Humphries and Keith Bogans $17 million combined is not helping that cause, but still pushing the Celtics to that threshold.
Therefore, Ainge will spend much of the next couple months looking for ways to lighten the roster while adding either draft picks, young talent or financial relief.
No players involved in the Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics trade can be dealt as a package within two months of initial trade.