Apparently, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens wasn’t done after all.
Stevens and company beat the NBA trade deadline buzzer Thursday afternoon and acquired Jaden Springer from the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Boston will send a second-round pick to Philadelphia.
A first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Springer has spent his first three seasons with the 76ers. He has played 50 career games but has averaged less than 10 minutes per contest.
The 21-year-old Springer averaged 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists this season, doing so in 12 minutes per game. However, what he lacks in his offensive game Springer makes up for on the opposite end. He’s viewed as a high-level defender.
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It serves as another move on the margins for the Celtics, who have the best record in the NBA this season and were not figured to be big players ahead of the trade deadline.
Boston on Wednesday acquired depth big man Xavier Tillman from the Memphis Grizzlies.