Jonas Jerebko

Jonas Jerebko

With Wednesday’s reported signings of Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko to a combined annual average value of $24 million, the Celtics have pushed right up against the projected $67.1 million salary cap for 2015-16.

Using Basketball Insiders cap guru Eric Pincus’ projections, the C’s now have roughly $66.1 million committed to 14 players, and that doesn’t include either of their second-round picks or non-guaranteed deals for Phil Pressey and Chris Babb.

On draft night, Celtics coach Brad Stevens gave us an idea of how he views a roster, which helps explain why the organization coveted versatile forwards Johnson, Crowder and Jerebko into the fold this week.

“Everybody starts with ones, twos, threes, fours and fives when they’€™re looking at a basketball team,” said Stevens. “I look at ball handlers, wings, swings and bigs. I’ve only got four categories. The more guys that can play the more positions the better. Right now when you look at our roster, I think we’€™ve got three of the four categories with a lot of depth. That swing area — where you can go three/four and play that way — that’€™s the area we’€™re going to have to address as we move into the next few weeks.”

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Celtics roster as currently constructed.

  • Ball handlers: Isaiah Thomas ($6.91 million), Marcus Smart ($3.43 million), Evan Turner ($3.43 million), Terry Rozier ($1.82 million)
  • Wings: Gerald Wallace ($10.11 million), Avery Bradley ($7.73 million), James Young ($1.75 million), R.J. Hunter ($1.15 million)
  • Swings: Amir Johnson ($11.75 million), Jae Crowder ($6.10 million), Jonas Jerebko ($4.82 million)
  • Bigs: Tyler Zeller ($2.62 million), Jared Sullinger ($2.27 million), Kelly Olynyk ($2.17 million)

It’s interesting to note that Johnson is currently the highest-paid member of the Celtics, and the team’s longest term commitment is now to Crowder, who is signed through the 2019-20 season.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge added on draft night: “We’€™ll finish our roster this summer, and obviously there are holes in the big spots. Our roster isn’€™t complete. If you’€™ve learned anything, that’€™s one thing you should know. What you see today is not what you’€™ll see tomorrow or next month. We’€™re a team that’€™s building for a championship, and we’€™ll continue to do that by trying to find the best players we can.”

While it would seem the Celtics are now all but done in free agency, the team has maintained its flexibility on the trade market. With a bevy of draft picks and trade exceptions, Gerald Wallace‘s expiring $10.1 million contract and a roster full of affordable deals, the C’s would be able to make any trade work on their end. The question is whether another team covets what the Celtics have to offer — a group of good but not great players and draft picks.

Otherwise, the C’s are banking on last year’s roster developing in order to improve from a borderline playoff team to one that can compete for the division crown. Will Sullinger be in shape? Did Young’s game mature as much as his body, which has an extra 20 pounds of muscle this summer? Can Smart, Olynyk and Zeller further develop? Will the success down the stretch carry over with the added benefit of a training camp together? We shall see.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

According to Shams Charania of RealGM, the Celtics have re-signed forward Jae Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.

According to Shams Charania of RealGM, the Celtics have re-signed forward Jae Crowder to a five-year, $35 million deal.

Crowder, who made a name for himself this past postseason, was traded to the Celtics from the Mavericks as part of the Rajon Rondo deal last season. In 57 games with the Celtics, he averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds.

The Marquette product has averaged 5.8 points over his first three seasons in the league.

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Blog Author: 
WEEI

The Celtics reached an agreement with free-agent forward Amir Johnson on a two-year, $24 million deal, according to Yahoo’

Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson

The Celtics reached an agreement with free-agent forward Amir Johnson on a two-year, $24 million deal, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Johnson averaged 9.3 points (60.3 true shooting percentage), 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.4 minutes for the Toronto Raptors last season, producing a 15.4 player efficiency rating. The 28-year-old shot 41.3 percent on just 46 3-point attempts in 2014-15. Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 22.6 minutes a night over a 10-year career for the Raptors and Detroit Pistons.

While the $12 million price tag may seem steep, the Celtics have struggled luring free agents to Boston, and the short-term nature of the deal as well as the looming salary cap increase make it a bit easier to accept the fact the C’s just made Amir Johnson the highest-paid member of the team.

The signing also brings into question whether the Celtics would still be in the market for Tobias Harris and/or Jae Crowder, who fill a similar role.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

(UPDATE: This story seemed like a good idea. And then two minutes later, Love announced on the Player's Tribune that he's staying in Cleveland. So . . . on to Plan B. We'll leave the story up for posterity).

Celtics fans have spent the last week coming to grips with the reality that their team isn't, in fact, popular.



How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

NBA free agency has begun and the Celtics have reportedly already been connected to a few free agents.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated tweeted Tuesday that the Celtics are “expected to show interest” in power forward Amir Johnson and former Celtics shooting guard Gerald Green.

Johnson spent this past season with the Raptors, averaging 9.3 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks while posting a 57.4 field goal percentage and a 41.3 three-point field goal percentage.

Green, who played for the Suns in 2014-15 totaled 11.9 points per game, 2.5 boards and 1.2 assists. He also recorded a 41.6 field goal percentage and an 82.5 free throw percentage.

In addition, Shams Charania of RealGM reported forward Tobias Harris is looking for a maximum-level offer sheet as he enters free agency Wednesday, noting “several teams are believed to be open to preparing a near-max contract” for him, close to $15 million-plus per year. Charania also wrote that the Celtics and the Pistons are the frontrunners to give it to him.

Harris, who is just 22, put up 17.1 points per game for the Magic last season with 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The small forward registered a 46.6 field goal percentage, 36.4 three-point field goal percentage and a 78.8 free throw percentage.

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Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are currently waiting to hear whether they will get a meeting with free agent power forward Kevin Love.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are currently waiting to hear whether they will get a meeting with free agent power forward Kevin Love.

Love played this season with the Cavaliers, averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers swept the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, but Love was injured in the process.

In a tie-up with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, Love suffered a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery. The injury knocked Love out for the remainder of the playoffs, as the Cavs won the Eastern Conference before losing to the Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Last summer, as a member of the Timberwolves, Love was the subject of many trade rumors and the Celtics were reportedly in the mix to land the All-Star. Boston was sent into a frenzy when Love was seen with then-Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo while taking in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park last summer.

In the end, the Timberwolves traded Love to the Cavs for package that included 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

Love opted out of his contract in June and became a free agent, but many reports suggest that he is likely to re-sign in Cleveland.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin