Hours after the Bulls agreed to acquire big man Mo Wagner as part of a deal with the Wizards, the team has completed a trade to send Wagner to the Celtics in exchange for center Daniel Theis, according to ESPN.
It’s the third deal of the day for President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas, who made his big splash in the morning by acquiring two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic from the Magic.
Theis, who turns 29 on April 4, gives the team another option for its remodeled frontcourt highlighted by Vucevic. The German big man averaged 9.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 42 games (including 37 starts) with the Celtics this season.
Wagner, who was acquired from Washington along with Troy Brown in exchange for Chandler Hutchison and Daniel Gafford, never got a chance to suit up in Chicago. The 2018 first-round pick will try to solidify his place with the Celtics, who are now his third team in the last few hours.
WHAT THE BULLS ADDED
Nikola Vucevic, 30 – 6-11 Center — Contract: $26 million 2020-21, $24 million 2021-22, $22 million 2022-23. Key Stats: Averaging a career-best 24.5 points per game this season, and shooting a career-best 40.6% from three-point range.
Al-Farouq Aminu, 30 – 6-8 Forward — Contract: $9.7 million 2020-21, $10.1 million (player option) 2021-22. Key Stats: He’s been limited in Orlando the past two seasons (35 games), but in Portland was a nine and seven guy on most nights.
Troy Brown Jr., 21 – 6-6 Guard/Forward — Contract: On his rookie deal that paid him $3.3 million 2020-21, $5.1 million 2021-22, $7.2 million (qualifying offer) 2022-23. Key Stats: Averaged 10.4 points and 1.2 steals per game last season.
Daniel Theis, 28 – 6-8 Center/Forward — Contract: $5 million 2020-21. Key Stats: Averaging a career-high 9.5 points per game this season, and averaged 1.3 blocks per game last season.