As day two of NBA free agency winds down, the Boston Celtics found themselves quite busy. Earlier in the day, Boston saw Gordon Hayward leave for the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics rebounded by agreeing to sign free agent center Tristan Thompson from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Even then, Boston wasn’t done. The Celtics fully guaranteed the contracts for both Daniel Theis and Semi Ojeleye. Boston also saw backup guard Brad Wanamaker leave town to head off to the Golden State Warriors for a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Theis has been with the Celtics for three seasons, becoming the team’s fulltime starting center in 2019-20. Over those three years, the German product has averaged 6.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and nearly a block per game. Theis will stick in Boston for a fourth year for $5 million dollars.
Ojeleye is returning for another season at $1.75 million. Throughout his three-year career, Ojeleye has been a regular rotation player. The defensive-minded forward has career averages of 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Wanamaker just completed his second season in Boston, after joining the Celtics after a long overseas career. He was the Celtics primary backup point guard in 2019-20 and averaged 6.9 points per game off the bench. Wanamaker also led the NBA in free throw percentage at 92.6%. With the Warriors, Wanamaker is expected to back up Stephen Curry.
The Celtics still have one roster spot open, pending the return of Two-Way restricted free agents Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters. Boston has the Bi-Annual Exception of $3,623,000 available. However, if Boston uses the BAE in the 2020-21 season, it won’t be available for use for the 2021-22 season.