By all appearances the Celtics finished filling out their roster today. It was a busy day of (minor) moves.
- Gerald Green was signed to a vet minimum contract.
- Tyler Zeller got a 2 year deal for $16M with only the first year guaranteed.
- Demetrius Jackson is getting a guaranteed contract (length of deal still TBD).
- Ben Bentil is getting a non-guaranteed contract.
Jaylen Brown hasn’t officially been signed, but barring any trades that’s a foregone conclusion.
So basically the roster now looks like this:
Guards: Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, RJ Hunter, James Young, Demetrius Jackson
Wings: Jae Crowder, Gerald Green, Jaylen Brown, Jonas Jerebko, John Holland*
Bigs: Al Horford, Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, Jordan Mickey, Ben Bentil*
(*denotes non-guaranteed contract)
That’s 18 players for a 15-man roster, so something will have to give. The team can bring 20 players to training camp but has to get to 15 by the season. I wouldn’t be too surprised to hear about Abdel Nader getting a training camp invite and non-guaranteed contract as well.
Bentil, Holland, and maybe Nader are good candidates to be cut and stashed in the D-League. James Young could be traded or cut, and that would be all we need to do.
The Celtics had been keeping roster spots and cap flexibility open in case the team made a big trade. These finalized deals sure seem like the team is either preparing to make a big trade, or has decided that they are done for the year.
So, any big trades coming?
Regarding potential Celtics trades. Source: "There is no big deal right now."— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 23, 2016
Ok then, we’re done for the summer now, ...right?
Per source, the Celtics are still aggressively trying to make trades. Today's agreements do not mean that they're done for the summer.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 23, 2016
Oh, ok. Carry on then.