NBA free agency in 2019 has essentially come to a close and there were seismic changes across the association when it comes to rosters. Amazingly, the Celtics still rank in the top half of the league when it comes to returning minutes to the roster (53 percent) despite losing five key pieces of their rotation in free agency.
While a big part of the C’s offseason was centered around landing an All-Star to replace KyrieIrving in KembaWalker, the team clearly maximized long-term flexibility moving forward with the majority of their other moves. To get a better sense of what the C’s long-term vision looks like, let’s breakdown how Danny Ainge has set up this group heading into next summer and look at what options will be available based on this upcoming season.
Under contract for 2020-21 Kemba Walker ($34.3 million) Gordon Hayward ($34.1 million - player option) Jaylen Brown ($26.75 million - estimate) Marcus Smart ($13.4 million) Jayson Tatum ($9.8 million once team option is picked up in October) Daniel Theis ($5 million - team option) Enes Kanter ($5 million - player option) Romeo Langford ($3.6 million) Vincent Poirier ($2.6 million) Grant Williams ($2.5 million) Robert Williams ($2.0 million once team option is picked up in October) Semi Ojeleye ($1.8 million non-guaranteed) Carsen Edwards ($1.5 million)
Guaranteed money committed if Hayward opts out: $99.55 million to ten players
Guaranteed money committed if Hayward opts in: $133.65 million to 11 players
Guaranteed money committed if Hayward and Kanter opts in: $138.65 million to 12 players