With just one roster spot remaining, the Boston Celtics might be looking for further help. particularly in light of their frontcourt. Whether they like it or not, the Boston Celtics have a soft place for a certain big guy on the Toronto Raptors, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer. Fischer acknowledges that it would be difficult for the Celtics to get this player.I am aware that the Celtics had a fondness for Chris Boucher in the past. With $11.7 million
he is. Fischer reportedly told Dan DeVine on January 6 that “you’re going to have to give up someone good to get someone good.” This is according to Basketball on X.
Boucher has averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 46.9% from the field in 32 games, according Basketball-Reference. Boucher has a $35 million, three-year contract that is currently in its second year. He won two titles with the Raptors in 2019 and the Golden State Warriors in 2018.
The Raptors have made some major changes this season, including dealing Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett for OG Anunoby. With a 14–21 record, they currently occupy the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference. Should the Raptors choose to demolish it even further, Boucher may become available. However, as Fischer pointed out, it would be challenging for the Celtics to sign him without altering their present roster.Olynyk went on to remark that helping his team win will always be his top priority as a player.
“If it happens in Utah, I’ll be focusing on that state. If it happens somewhere else, my focus will shift there.
Similar to their experience with Chris Boucher, the Celtics will have difficulty acquiring Olynyk. If they were waived, the Celtics would, at the at least, make a pitch to one or both of them.The Prospects For The Celtics Alongside Luke Kornet, As stated by an Insider
It’s likely that the Celtics will decide against bringing in any new frontcourt players. They may decide to stick with Luke Kornet and the other frontcourt players they currently have. If Kornet’s contract is not waived by January 10th, it is guaranteed in full for the remaining games of the season. Fischer claims that Kornet appears to be here to stay.
Sources told Fischer on January 5 that Boston is expected to hold onto reserve center Luke Kornet, who is well-liked by Celtics employees, after his upcoming guarantee deadline of January 10.As the Celtics’ third center, Kornet has done admirably behind Kristaps Porzingis and Al Horford. Boucher and Olynyk would be useful, but Kornet hasn’t given the Celtics any cause to doubt him.
Matt John covers the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns for Heavy.com. He started covering the NBA in 2018 and has previously worked for Basketball Insiders, FanSided, and Basketball News. He is a Massachusetts native. More information on Matt JohnIt’s astonishing that, eleven days into NBA free agency, Jaylen Brown and the Celtics still haven’t agreed on a contract.
Boston isn’t hesitant to offer the two-time All-Star a five-year contract for 35 percent of the league’s salary limit, or an estimated total of $295 million, but there is still a lot of work for the two sides to hash out.Whether to reduce or increase his salary by eight percent per year should be simple enough; the Celtics will likely choose the latter, especially since Jayson Tatum is anticipated to receive a projected five-year, $318 million extension next summer, and Kristaps Porzingis’s two-year, $60 million extension begins the following season.
Brown and Boston also need to figure out the incentives in this deal, especially the bit about unlikely prizes like league MVP. In 2022–2023, incentives for participating in 65 games and being selected for the All-Star Game brought him $2 million.
After their weekend meeting in Las Vegas, the two parties must also determine whether Brown will have a player option for the fifth year of the contract.
Furthermore, considering that the Celtics All-NBA combination will occupy almost 70% of the team’s financial space in two years if they stay in Boston on supermax deals, whether this agreement includes a trade bonus is an essential part of the talks.