Celtics expected to have one of NBA’s most expensive teams in 2022-23

While the Celtics allowed the expiration of the NBA’s most significant trade exception, the one that could absorb up to $17.1 million in player salaries, they acquired a player in Malcolm Brogdon, who is on their books for $22.6 million this season. Moreover, they did so while keeping their playoff rotation intact, instead parting ways with their 2023 first-round pick.

Boston also signed veteran forward Danilo Gallinari, using the mid-tier taxpayer exception. Gallinari, a career scoring 15.6 points per game, is contracted for $6.5 million for the 2022-23 campaign and $13.3 million over the length of his two-year contract, which includes a player option for 2023-24.

The Celtics also retained Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet. They have 12 players signed on standard contracts and need to fill at least two of their three open spots. It is increasingly believed that they will do so by holding an open competition at training camp.

Boston is already planning to have the fifth most expensive NBA team this season, according to HoopsHype’s Yossi Gozlan. According to Gozlan, whose NBA salary cap work is exceptional, the Celtics have a projected payroll of $170.1 million and a luxury tax bill of $45.2 million, resulting in a combined payout of $215.3 million.

Gozlan adds that Boston narrowly avoided the luxury tax last season, which the Celtics would have passed had they won the NBA Finals. Although they haven’t started their repeat clock, signing at least two more players with standard contracts will bring their luxury tax payment to at least $59 million. As a result, Gozlan notes that their total spend will exceed $230 million this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks plan to have the fourth most expensive team for the 2022-23 campaign, followed by the Brooklyn Nets, whose bill could become much lighter if they trade Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving. With an expected total payout of $336.6 million, the Los Angeles Clippers can currently anticipate having the second most expensive team. That figure is only surpassed by defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who expect to have $353.6 million in total payouts for their team this season.

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