The Celtics took care of the inevitable on Saturday, electing to waive small forward Abdel Nader before his contract became fully guaranteed on August 1st. The move saves Boston just over $900,000 on the salary cap since Nader’s contract for 2018-19 was only guaranteed for $450,000. It was painfully evident during parts of last season that the Celtics could do better with that roster spot, and now Danny Ainge will get a chance to round out the team with a more appealing piece.
While the Celtics seem certain to fill that roster spot at some point over the upcoming months, the interesting question that Ainge and his staff will have to debate now is whether or not to fill the hole before training camp with another guaranteed contract. What options do the Celtics have to choose from on that front? Let’s take a closer look at the factors they will be weighing.