BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics have started what will be the team’s longest offseason since the 2006-07 season. With a six-season playoff streak snapped, the Celtics are at a crossroads in their rebuilding as a variety of offseason options wait on the table for Danny Ainge and Co. this summer. With tough calls awaiting for the NBA Draft, the team’s own free agents, and the trade market, it’s important to first get a grasp of where the team stands as currently assembled.
Guaranteed Contracts for Next Season
Rajon Rondo: $12.9 million
Gerald Wallace: $10.1 million
Jeff Green: $9.2 million
Brandon Bass: $6.9 million
Joel Anthony: $3.8 million (player option)
Vitor Faverani: $2.1 million
Kelly Olynyk: $2.1 million
Jared Sullinger: $1.42 million
Total: Eight players, 48.42 million
Analysis: Anthony is extremely likely to opt into his deal, given his age and decline over the past few years. Olynyk, Sullinger, and Faverani are on long-term deals, making them fit easily into the team’s plans. Wallace’s contract is nearly untradeable at this point with one more year remaining. Rondo, Bass and Green will be in contract years.
Keith Bogans: $5.28 million
Chris Johnson: $915,243
Chris Babb: $816,482
Phil Pressey: $816,482
Analysis: Like much of this year, Bogans will not be in uniform next year. It’s almost a guarantee he will be moved this summer to a team that will waive him. Johnson and Pressey are cheap parts of Boston’s future and are signed through 2017 (with team options every year). Babb will likely be trade bait more than anything else.
Unrestricted Free Agents
Jerryd Bayless, Kris Humphries
Analysis: Both players may be back for the right price. Humphries will command a long-term deal, but will be in-line for a significant pay cut from the 12 million dollars he earned last year. Bayless will probably be targeting 3.5 million again, but that’s no guarantee with his up-and-down numbers
Restricted Free Agent
Analysis: One of the toughest calls that Ainge will back this offseason. The team reportedly made a 4-year $24 million dollar extension to the shooting guard last offseason that Bradley turned down. The Celtics will undoubtedly extend a qualifying offer to Bradley, giving them the right to match any offer to him on the open market, but the question is how much is the guard worth? Another injury-plagued season has to make the front office lukewarm on his durability long-term.
Trade Exceptions: 3
Analysis: Boston has three trade exceptions totaling over $12.5 million dollars, the vast majority of which come from the blockbuster deal with the Brooklyn Nets last summer.
The Celtics will have two draft picks in the first round. One will come in the top eight spots, and the other will be Brooklyn’s 17th overall pick, which Boston acquired last summer. The Celtics traded their second round pick during last year’s draft in order to move up and select Kelly Olynyk. Here are the odds for Boston’s lottery pick after losing the lottery tiebreaker to the Jazz.
Next Important Day of Note:
The Celtics can’t make any moves of note until the NBA postseason ends, which means that the first date to circle on your calendar is May 20th for the NBA Draft Lottery. Boston’s first round selection will be finalized then, and the wheeling and dealing will start from there.
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