According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Celtics have converted Max Strus’ two-way contract into a regular, two-year NBA deal, with a partial guarantee for this coming season.
The rookie minimum for the 2019-20 season is worth $898,310, so it stands to reason Strus will be making somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000-$450,000. Of course, the money isn’t a concern. Instead, it’s the implications this move might have that affect the Celtics’ roster options.As of now Strus occupies the previously vacant 15th roster spot, which means the Celtics are unable to add anyone else unless someone is cut or traded. However, with Strus shifting away from his two-way deal, the Celtics now have an open two-way slot they can use as they see fit.With The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reporting that Strus and Javonte Green are in the running for the final roster spot, it seems likely Tacko Fall will be given the chance to continue his development up in Maine on the second two-way, where he would join Tremont Waters.
Per source, Strus has been really impressive at Cs practices and in the running with Javonte Green for the final roster spot. Cs moved to make the partially guaranteed deal because Strus was willing to add a fully non-guaranteed year next season.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) October 13, 2019
To be clear, the conversion of Strus’ contract doesn’t guarantee him a spot on the final roster. The Celtics can still cut ties with him relatively pain free if they choose to go in another direction.