The Celtics have already put the finishing touches on their offseason after putting together 14 guaranteed deals, along with a collection of rookies (Javonte Green, Tacko Fall, Tremont Waters) to compete for the final roster spot. In doing so, they have exhausted their free agency resources beyond the veteran’s free-agent minimum deal. They spent their full room-level cap exception on EnesKanter and used the rest of their salary cap space on signings like Kemba Walker, Vincent Poirier and Carsen Edwards.
Down the line, the Celtics may be an intriguing place to play for a buyout candidate, specifically someone looking for solid minutes in the frontcourt if Boston’s center rotation doesn’t play up to its potential. The Celtics won’t be able to offer up more than a veteran’s minimum to any of these potential players down the line but how much of an impact will that have on the market? Let’s take a look at how playoff teams in both conferences have when it comes to remaining funds to see if the Celtics are at a disadvantage in the market.
No money left to offer free agents besides the league minimum
These teams have already used up their full mid-level exception this summer. If and when they get into the bidding next season for a midseason free agent, they will be on a level playing field with the Celtics