Kelly Olynyk Trade: Celtics Miss Out on Reunion as Raptors Seal Homecoming Deal

Kelly Olynyk Trade: Celtics Miss Out on Reunion as Raptors Seal Homecoming Deal

Kelly Olynyk Trade: Celtics Miss Out on Reunion as Raptors Seal Homecoming Deal

In a last-minute twist before the NBA trade deadline, hopes of Kelly Olynyk returning to the Boston Celtics were dashed as the veteran big man was traded to the Toronto Raptors. Initially rumored to be on the Celtics’ radar since December, Olynyk’s journey takes him back to his hometown after being shipped from Utah to Toronto, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kelly Olynyk Trade: Celtics Miss Out on Reunion as Raptors Seal Homecoming Deal

ptors secured Olynyk along with 2022 No. 14 overall pick Ochai Agbaji from the Jazz in exchange for Kira Lewis, Otto Porter Jr., and a 2024 first-round pick. Notably, the pick involved in the deal will be the least favorable among those of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, and Jazz this summer.

While Celtics fans may have hoped for Olynyk’s return to Boston, the trade marks a significant homecoming for the 32-year-old. Originally hailing from Toronto before his basketball journey took him to British Columbia and Gonzaga University, Olynyk’s return to his roots adds a poignant twist to the trade deadline drama.

Meanwhile, the Celtics made their move by acquiring fourth-year pro Xavier Tillman from the Memphis Grizzlies, fortifying their frontcourt. With insider reports from Yahoo! Sports NBA suggesting that Boston is unlikely to make further trades before the deadline, the Olynyk saga ends with a bittersweet note for Celtics faithful.

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