Second transfer of the summer to Juancho Hernangómez.
After being sent by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Memphis Grizzlies, they now transfer him to the Boston Celtics. The operation, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, would be in exchange for Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards and a second-round change in 2026. The transfer will not become official until September 15.
Memphis has agreed to trade forward Juancho Hernangomez to Boston for guards Kris Dunn, Carsen Edwards and a 2026 second-round pick swap, sources tell ESPN.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2021
It is being a hectic summer for Juancho Hernangómez. First, some physical problems put his presence at the Games in check, something – his absence – later confirmed once the Wolves, his franchise at the time, refused to let him compete in the Asian event. Juancho, what had signed a $ 21 million, three-year contract (the third optional) with Minnesota a few months earlier, would end up leaving the Wolves just over a week ago, traded to the Grizzlies. It was not his last stop.
Brad Stevens has made a move that ends the Spanish on the Celtics. In exchange, guards Carsen Edwards and Kris Dunn head to Memphis. In addition, there will be a second round exchange between the two franchises in 2026.
What is Hernangómez in Boston?
The tenure is virtually remote, in a structure where Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum take space in the wings, with the remaining two spots in anticipation for another ball handler and an inside presence. Of course, from the bench Juancho can have space in a rotation, the one with three and four, in which its characteristics can earn you minutes.
Semi Ojeleye, option of rotation last years, has left Boston. Yes they stay so long Grant williams, of interesting defensive value, such as Aaron Nesmith, who will complete his second year in the League. The positive point is precisely that, competition on the wings from the bench is not huge. The negative, on the other hand, is also clear: both Brown and Tatum were above 34 minutes on average per game last year. That is to say, the role that can await is limited. Although that, in such a context, should not be understood as something detrimental: finding your role can make you valuable from the bank.
After some fantastic sensations in Minnesota just before the pandemic arrived and the competition stopped (42% triple hit), Juancho experienced an irregular last course, translated above all into a decrease in its external percentages (32.7% in the global triple, 34% in triples after reception), which reduced its presence (17 minutes per game).
Over there, for that exterior success, may be a key for the Spanish to gain the confidence of the new coach, Ime Udoka, within a structure in which four men will play facing the hoop (maybe even five in certain sections, with the return of Al Horford) and in which multiple partners they can get you good pitches (Smart, Tatum, and Brown both find the free man with ease.)
Physical presence and on the defensive rebound The Spaniard may be another point in his favor, within a non-leading team capturing balls in his own basket during the last seasons. In case there was no more movement with Hernangómez, the Celtics represent a good chance for him: they are a competitive team, with multiple defenders of very good level, who can generate space for him to execute and, despite not producing a highway in the form of minutes, they can consecrate him in a role of rotation forward that adapts to his qualities.
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