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New season, new roster: Where are the former Celtics?

Olivia Healy
August 03, 2017 - 1:46 pm

This offseason the Celtics have signed 11 new players consisting of Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes, Jayson Tatum, Kadeem Allen, Marcus Morris, Abdel Nader, Semi Ojeleye, Daniel Theis, Guerschon Yabusele, Ante Zizic and most recently Shane Larkin. While the team has acquired the talent to contend for an Eastern Conference championship team, roster sports needed to become available and they had to free up salary cap space to get the desired players.

The Celtics will head into the 2017-18 season without nine players who were a part of the team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

Avery Bradley

During the 2016-17 season, Bradley was a reliable player who played on both ends of the court. He averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He shot the ball 46.3 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. In his final series with the Celtics against the Cavaliers, Bradley scored in double digits in all five of those games with two 20-point plus performances. Bradley was traded to the Pistons in a deal to bring Morris on board. 

Kelly Olynyk

The 7-foot center signed a 4-year, $50 million contract with the Heat. In the 2016-17 season, Olynyk averaged nine points and shot the ball 51.2 percent from the field and tallied 4.8 rebounds and two assists per game. Throughout the postseason Olynyk added some toughness in the paint and was even called a dirty player by Draymond Green, but nonetheless proved to be a spark off the bench. 

Amir Johnson

At 6-foot 9 and 240 pounds, Johnson started 77 out of 80 games played last season. In 20.1 minutes per game, he averaged 6.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. However, during the playoffs Johnson was a non-factor for the Celtics and scored just 36 points total. Johnson has since signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the 76ers. 

Jonas Jerebko

The 2009-10 All-Rookie player signed a two-year, $8.2 million deal with the Jazz. While Jerebko was an inconsistent player for the Celtics, he was another player off the bench who did all of the little things and had a memorable 10-point performance despite losing the game to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Jerebko went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and pulled down five rebounds in the loss. Jerebko averaged 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds and shot the ball 34.6 percent from three. 

James Young

The former Kentucky guard was the No. 17 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft selected by the Celtics. During Young's rookie season he averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds and appeared in 31 games, however, in the 2016-17 season he appeared in 29 games and averaged 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds. Young was a standout player in college and Celtics fans were ecstatic about him coming to Boston, but that excitement fell flat. Young played in the summer league with the Pelicans, but hasn't signed a contract yet. 

Tyler Zeller

The former North Carolina 7-foot center and No. 17 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft selected by the Mavericks had his contract waived by the Celtics. In the 2016-17 season he averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. Looking back at the 2014-15 season with the Celtics, Zeller averaged 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 21.1 minutes. 

Jordan Mickey

The Celtics waved the big man before his contract would have become guaranteed. Mickey was the No. 33 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft selected by the Celtics. In the 2016-17 season he appeared in 25 games and averaged 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds. 

Demetrius Jackson

The 6-foot 1-inch point guard from Notre Dame has recently signed a two-way deal with the Rockets. Jackson was the Celtics' second-round draft pick and No. 45 overall in the 2016 NBA draft. He appeared in five games for the Celtics in the 2016-17 season and averaged two points and 0.6 assists in 3.4 minutes. For the majority of the 2016-17 season, Jackson was with the Maine Red Claws and played for the Celtics during summer league competition where he averaged 9.3 points and four assists in Las Vegas and scored six points and dished out three assists in his one game in Utah. 

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