|07.07.15 at 12:56 pm ET|
Multiple big names will be on the market following the 2015-16 campaign, the most notable of which being Thunder forward and 2013-14 NBA MVP Kevin Durant. With the cap set to explode to $89 million due to the league’s new lucrative television deal that will go into effect next offseason, the Celtics will be in a position to aggressively buy.
Not only will they have the option to pursue max players through free agency, they will also have the assets and cap space to negotiate sign-and-trades for max players as well.
The Celtics only have two players with guaranteed contracts beyond next season (Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas), leaving them with picks and young prospects like James Young and Marcus Smart, who could serve as valuable trade pawns.
Though the C’s have long been plagued with the perception as an undesirable free agency destination, the C’s current situation mirrors the 2007 offseason when they successfully recruited Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to join Paul Pierce and form the Big Three. Right now, they can remain content with building pieces and role players for a run at big names in 2016.
|07.07.15 at 12:41 pm ET|
The 21-year pro will reportedly sign a two-year deal with the same team that drafted him out of Farragut High School in 1995.
Garnett, 39, was traded to the Wolves from the Nets on Feb. 19. He spent the first 12 years of his NBA career in Minnesota before being traded to the Celtics in 2007. He and Ray Allen along with Paul Pierce spawned the Big Three that brought home the franchise’s 17th banner in 2008.
In five years donning the green and white, Garnett averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists, earning an All-Star bid every year except for one. Last season with the Timberwolves and the Nets, Garnett logged 6.9 points and 6.6 boards in 20.3 minutes per game.
Garnett will have the chance to mentor young, rising stars like 2015 first overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns and last year’s No. 1 overall selection and 2014-15 Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins.
The deal will not be official until the NBA’s moratorium on signings is lifted later this week.
|07.06.15 at 8:53 am ET|
The terms of the contract have not been revealed because they are dependent on other Lakers moves in free agency, specifically their reported trade with the Pacers for Roy Hibbert‘s $15.5 million expiring contract.
He became expendable when the C’s agreed to a deal with free agent forward Amir Johnson. The Celtics also selected LSU forward Jordan Mickey in the second round of the draft.
Bass began his career with the Hornets before moving to the Mavericks and the Magic, and then most recently the Celtics. Over four years in Boston, the 6-foot-8 power forward averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per 36 minutes. During the Celtics 2011-12 playoff run, Bass averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 92 percent from the charity stripe.
In 2013-14, Bass earned the Red Auerbach Award, which celebrates the player who best exemplifies what it means to be a Celtic through performance on and off the court.
The Lakers also said they plan to sign guard Lou Williams, who was last season’s Sixth Man of the Year with the Hawks.
|07.02.15 at 8:50 am ET|
For the Celtics, Wednesday was particularly busy. Boston reportedly agreed to terms for new contracts with Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko, in addition to Amir Johnson formerly of the Raptors.
The Celtics were also reportedly in talks with Tobias Harris and Corey Brewer, but Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported “those pursuits have ended.” Talks for Harris fell through when the Magic made it apparent they were prepared to match any offer given to their small forward, so Boston was out.
Following bringing back Crowder for a five-year, $35 million contract that’s fully guaranteed with no opt-outs on either side, the C’s lost interest in Brewer.
Reportedly, Jerebko will be back at $10 million over two years while Johnson’s deal is worth $24 million through two years.
|07.02.15 at 8:41 am ET|
With Wednesday’s reported signings of Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko to a combined annual average value of $24 million, the Celtics have pushed right up against the projected $67.1 million salary cap for 2015-16.
Using Basketball Insiders cap guru Eric Pincus’ projections, the C’s now have roughly $66.1 million committed to 14 players, and that doesn’t include either of their second-round picks or non-guaranteed deals for Phil Pressey and Chris Babb.
On draft night, Celtics coach Brad Stevens gave us an idea of how he views a roster, which helps explain why the organization coveted versatile forwards Johnson, Crowder and Jerebko into the fold this week.
“Everybody starts with ones, twos, threes, fours and fives when they’re looking at a basketball team,” said Stevens. “I look at ball handlers, wings, swings and bigs. I’ve only got four categories. The more guys that can play the more positions the better. Right now when you look at our roster, I think we’ve got three of the four categories with a lot of depth. That swing area — where you can go three/four and play that way — that’s the area we’re going to have to address as we move into the next few weeks.”
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Celtics roster as currently constructed.
|07.02.15 at 12:01 am ET|
According to Shams Charania of RealGM, the Celtics have re-signed forward Jae Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.
Crowder, who made a name for himself this past postseason, was traded to the Celtics from the Mavericks as part of the Rajon Rondo deal last season. In 57 games with the Celtics, he averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds.
The Marquette product has averaged 5.8 points over his first three seasons in the league.
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RFA Jae Crowder has reached agreement on a five-year, $35 million deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell RealGM.
‘ Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2015
|07.01.15 at 3:43 pm ET|
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Johnson averaged 9.3 points (60.3 true shooting percentage), 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.4 minutes for the Toronto Raptors last season, producing a 15.4 player efficiency rating. The 28-year-old shot 41.3 percent on just 46 3-point attempts in 2014-15. Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 22.6 minutes a night over a 10-year career for the Raptors and Detroit Pistons.
While the $12 million price tag may seem steep, the Celtics have struggled luring free agents to Boston, and the short-term nature of the deal as well as the looming salary cap increase make it a bit easier to accept the fact the C’s just made Amir Johnson the highest-paid member of the team.
The signing also brings into question whether the Celtics would still be in the market for Tobias Harris and/or Jae Crowder, who fill a similar role.
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