The Celtics have a full 15-man roster for the time being but that won’t necessarily be the case for long. Jabari Bird has taken a leave of absence from the team in the wake of facing a string of serious charges following a domestic violence incident and it’s pretty safe to say he won’t be playing another minute of basketball for the Celtics.
When exactly Bird does get let go is somewhat complicated since there are luxury tax implications involved for the franchise. The criminal process will have to play itself out for a bit there if the C’s want cap relief for whenever he is released. Whenever that does that happen (could be a matter of weeks or months), it’s evident that Danny Ainge will have one more roster spot to work with.
That reality has brought the Celtics back into the free agent frenzy to a degree over the past few days, specifically involved unrestricted guard Jamal Crawford. Marc Spears of The Undefeated was first to report last week that the veteran guard has received interest from the Sixers, Warriors and Lakers. Over the weekend, there was a report connecting him to the Celtics in a podcast appearance on Celtics Beat, which has set the Internet ablaze with speculation this afternoon about the 38-year-old guard.
Crawford turned down a $4.3 million player option with the Wolves for this season after averaging 10.3 points and 2.3 assists last year. There is no doubt that he can be a useful scorer off the bench but would he make much sense on the Celtics team as currently constructed? Is there legitimate smoke here?