With 11 players currently under contract for the Celtics heading into the 2018-19 season, Danny Ainge has a lot of options this offseason as tries to develop this team into a true Finals contender.
With the return of Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving looming, consolidation is an option Boston’s front office is going to need to explore. There is not going to be enough room for everyone to play regular minutes in a healthy rotation, and the team is not going to be able to afford this full roster beyond next season. Some players will be moved, as it isn’t Ainge’s style to let his assets walk away for nothing if he can help it.
Ainge’s maneuvering will be largely dependent on how the league views his personnel against his own evaluations of those same players.
To sort through it all, let’s continue taking a closer look at the team’s roster in the second part of the 2018 Celtics trade value power rankings. We’ll count down the list in the next few weeks, starting with the players with the least trade value and working up to top assets on the roster. You can check out the first part of the rankings here.
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 important). A player’s age, contract situation and injury history are all vital factors. Multiple scouts from around the league were consulted as this list was put together.
8. Semi Ojeleye Age: 24 Remaining contract: Three years, $4.7 million (partially-guaranteed if waived before 7/15/18) 2017-18 stats: 2.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.5 apg, 32% 3pt (73 games)