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Among the assets the Celtics acquired in their blockbuster deal with Brooklyn, beyond the players and draft picks that will help fast-forward the renovation of a franchise, was an unnoticed but quite valuable piece.
A trade exception worth about $10.3 million.
That probably won’t make Celtics fans as excited as the three first-round draft picks the team nabbed in the deal, as well as the chance to swap rights to a 2017 first-round pick.
Nor will it receive as much attention as MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, and Keith Bogans, the players the Celtics received in exchange for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and D.J. White.
But a trade exception is a useful asset, especially for a rebuilding team such as the Celtics.