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Celtics trade update: Tristan Thompson re-routed to Kings, Delon Wright to Hawks

Tristan Thompson, Celtics, Hawks, Kris Dunn, Kings, Delon Wright

The gears are turning for Brad Stevens. The coach-turned-executive of the Boston Celtics is wheeling and dealing. His Friday trade which initially seemed to be a two-team package has become a three-team deal. Earlier reports said that Boston had sent Tristan Thompson to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday in exchange for Kris Dunn and Bruno Fernando plus a future NBA draft pick. Dunn and Fernando are still headed to New England, but Thompson’s landing spot has changed. The Sacramento Kings will take him, and Delon Wright will go to the Hawks.

Before the new reports of a three-way trade emerged, the deal had been noteworthy because the Hawks are dealing with a prolonged shoulder injury to their promising 2020 lottery pick, big man Onyeka Okongwu. Thompson — shipped by the Celtics — figured to be the backup to Clint Capela while Okongwu rehabs.

Now Thompson will go to Sacramento instead of Atlanta. Thompson gives the Kings a big body while they figure out what to do with Richaun Holmes. It increases speculation that Holmes might be on the move in the coming days.

The Celtics face a more complicated situation with the arrival of Dunn. They recently dealt Kemba Walker and now have another ball-handler on their roster. We will see where Dunn fits into the picture in Boston.

The Celtics have Marcus Smart and young point guard Payton Pritchard in the fold. If you realize that the Hawks drafted Trae Young’s backup point guard Thursday night, taking Sharife Cooper with the No. 48 pick, it’s obvious they had no need for Dunn.

This raises the question: If Kris Dunn wasn’t good enough to be the main backup point guard for the Hawks, what does Stevens see in Dunn as a member of the Celtics? It’s true that Boston is getting three pieces in this three-way deal, but the return Boston will get on this investment doesn’t seem substantial.

It could easily be the case that the Celtics are making this move to set up another move in the coming weeks of free agency, so keep your eyes and ears open for chatter and player pursuits in Brad Stevens’ office.