BOSTON (CBS) — With 16 players on the roster signed to guaranteed contracts, the Celtics will need to make a move before the start of the regular season to trim the team down to the NBA limit of 15. In order to better gauge what Danny Ainge’s options are with this group as the start of the season approaches, we are breaking down the value of the C’s roster by putting together a comprehensive list of Celtics roster trade power rankings.
Criteria: This isn’t simply ranking the best-to-worst players on the roster. There is significantly more that goes into a player’s trade value around the league than just talent (although that’s still usually a dominant factor). A player’s age, contract situation and injury history are all vital components considered in these rankings.
It’s an imperfect list, simply because there is so much overlapping and inexperienced talent on certain parts of the Celtics’ roster. Valid cases can and will be made that certain names should be higher and/or lower. Debate is welcomed here. With that said, let’s get to the second installment on the list (players 13-11). You can find the first part of the rankings by clicking here.
13. Jonas Jerebko
Experience: 5 years
Contract situation: $10 million for two years, (second year non-guaranteed)
2014-15 stats: 6.0 ppg, 3.8rpg, 0.9 apg, 16.4 mpg
Isaiah Thomas got much of the acclaim last year among the trade deadline additions, but the sharpshooting of Jerebko was a key element of Boston’s second-half turnaround. The 6-foot-10 stretch four is just a 34 percent career three-point shooter, but he hit over 40 percent of his attempts from downtown in his 29 games in green.
That impressive output earned Jerebko a nice payday for a role player with an up-and-down track record ($5 million per year). However, Danny Ainge included the team friendly provision of a non-guaranteed second year of the deal. At age 28, Jerebko doesn’t have the upside that the remainder of the C’s young roster has at this point, but as long as he’s hitting the three-ball, he’ll have a role in the league. He’d be more than a “throw-in” or salary dump in most trades, but wouldn’t fetch much beyond that.
12. Terry Rozier
Contract situation: Under team control for four years in rookie deal worth just under $9 million
This slot may seem low for Boston’s top draft pick in 2015, but that’s more reflective of the reception around the league that Rozier received after being selected at No. 16. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report voiced the opinion via multiple executives that Rozier was the biggest reach of the draft, so the former Louisville star has something to prove entering his rookie year to improve his value around the league.
The hybrid guard had a respectable summer league in both Las Vegas and Utah on that front, showing gritty defense and the capability of making big shots in crunch time. In a loaded Celtics backcourt, he’s going to struggle to find minutes out of the gate, but stands to benefit if the team elects to ship out another more valuable guard to improve another portion of the roster.
11. James Young
Contract situation: Under team control for three years in rookie deal worth just under $7 million
2014-15 stats: 3.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 10.4 MPG
The Celtics took a chance on Young in the 2014 Draft after the stock of the former Kentucky star plummeted thanks to a concussion suffered weeks before draft night. Brad Stevens called Young one of the best 11 players on his draft board despite the fact Boston was able to nab him at No. 17.
Despite successful stints in the D-League where he shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc, Young struggled to fulfill that kind of promise in his rookie year with the big club. He connected on just 25 percent of his attempts from deep in 31 games, and struggled regularly on the defensive end, which limited Stevens’ ability to keep him on the floor for long stretches.
The swingman tried to learn from the tough debut by bulking up this offseason, but he still was limited in summer league due to a knee injury and poor shooting overall. At this point, his stock remains the same as it was on draft night, a player with untapped scoring potential but plenty to work on.
Brian Robb covers the Celtics for CBS Boston and contributes to NBA.com, among other media outlets. You can follow him on Twitter @CelticsHub.