After signing Vincent Poirier earlier today, the Boston Celtics added a familiar name to their frontcourt by agreeing with Daniel Theis on a 2-year, $10M deal to re-sign with the team, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Restricted free agent F/C Daniel Theis has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal to stay with the Boston Celtics, CAA agents Michael Tellem and Aaron Mintz tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2019
Theis has been a solid part of Boston’s rotation over the last two years, surprising everyone his rookie year with excellent help defense and outside shooting. As a stretch big, Brad Stevens used Theis to spell Al Horford while also adding a new dynamic to the team’s defense in the minutes he played. Although his second year was up and down, with Theis being out of the rotation at times, he’s still a valuable piece, especially compared to the slim pickings left on the free agent market.
Theis will be signed with the early bird exception, allowing Boston to exceed the cap to sign him. The forward will sign (via a sign-and-trade) once cap space to sign Kemba Walker is extinguished. https://t.co/dXtpNWgUJ1— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 2, 2019
Theis is signing for a 2-year, $10M deal which is similar to the contract Enes Kanter signed yesterday with the Celtics. Currently, Theis is part of a backcourt that features Vincent Poirier, Enes Kanter, Robert Williams, Guerschon Yabusele and Grant Williams along with Exhibition 10 contract owner Tacko Fall. Those last 3 names will get plenty of time to shine in the Las Vegas Summer League that tips off this weekend.
Outside of the potential of Robert Williams, the Celtics don’t currently employ a center who can really bang with the Joel Embiid’s of the world, but they do have a rotation that can rebound and stretch the floor. Boston will likely be banking on the development of the younger guys, for they each add something unique to the team dynamic while on the floor.
It’s likely that for now, this is the team. Boston will continue to seek upgrades for the roster, but things look pretty settled for right now outside of a potential verteran minimum signing.
Last year for the Celtics, Daniel Theis averaged 5.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists on 54.9% shooting, 38.8% from 3 and 73.7% from the free-throw line in 14.9 minutes with a player efficiency rating of 17.0.