The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Boston Celtics are close to finalizing a trade that will send the recently acquired Rodney Purvis to Boston while the Thunder will receive Abdel Nader. This all according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.
Purvis was brought in last Friday through a trade between Oklahoma City and the Orlando Magic. The Thunder sent Dakari Johnson to Orlando. Purvis is scheduled to make nearly $1.4 million this season.
Nader was recently set up to be waived by the Celtics in order to create roster space. His contract is not guaranteed. Currently he is scheduled to make $450,000 — Boston will also send cash considerations to Oklahoma City in order to offset the difference. His contract becomes fully guaranteed on August 1st. If he is not waived, he will make $1.4 million and $1.75 million in 2020-21.
The former Iowa State Hawkeye is from Alexandria, Egypt. At 24, Nader started one game for the Celtics last season and appeared in 48. The small forward shot 35 percent from three with just over an attempt a game. His effective field goal percentage was on the low side at 41 percent.
Nader provides Sam Presti options. Again, the Thunder have until August 1st to decide if they will keep the young swing man or waive him. Waiving him will provide an extra roster spot to sign one of their rookie players or to potentially sign a buyout player during the season.
If the Thunder keep Nader, they have gone from one option on the perimeter to develop — Terrance Ferguson — and have since drafted Devin Hall, Kevin Hervey and Hamidou Diallo. They have also brought in Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot in the recent Carmelo Anthony trade to Atlanta.
All these young perimeter players are 24 years or younger.