Boston Celtics Acquire Springer

by 24USATVFeb. 9, 2024, 8 a.m. 24
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BOSTON – In a sequence of transactions with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics today traded guard Dalano Banton, a 2024 second-round draft pick, and cash considerations in exchange for guard Jaden Springer and a future protected second-round pick.

Springer (6-4, 204) has appeared in 50 career NBA games since being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 28th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. The 6-4 guard owns career averages of 3.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game while shooting 41.6 percent from the field, and has seen action in nine playoff games, tallying 15 points in 30 minutes. The Charlotte, North Carolina native is averaging career-highs across the board with 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 32 games this season.

Over two seasons with the 76ers G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, Springer averaged 17.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.0 steals in 43 games from 2021-2023. Springer was named the NBA G League Finals MVP in 2023 after helping Delaware capture its first-ever G League Championship.

The 2021 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree led Tennessee in scoring with 12.5 points per game in his lone collegiate season, and averaged 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in 25 games (15 starts). Springer led the Volunteers in three-point percentage (20-46, .435) and total free throws made (81), while his 81.0 free-throw percentage ranked ninth among SEC players, and stands as the highest percentage by a freshman in program history (min. 100 attempts).

Banton appeared in 24 games for the Celtics this season and averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game since being acquired by Boston on July 3, 2023.

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