2022 NBA Offseason Preview: Boston Celtics

The 2021 offseason is one of the changes celticswho saw Danny Ainge Resigning his long-serving role as the team’s president of basketball operations, Brad Stevens Moved from the sidelines to the front office to replace Ainge in the role.first head coach Imeudoka Hired as a replacement for Stevens, whose first major roster change was over Kemba Walker During the Boston era, he was sent to Oklahoma City with a first-round pick Al Horford.

If you watched the Celtics in the first half of the season, you might question the wisdom of these offseason maneuvers.Boston remains below .500 midway through regular season as observers second-guess Udoka’s hiring and speculate that star wing could be split Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

However, shortly after halfway through the season, everything started to fall into place. Since Jan. 22, the Celtics have the best record (28-7), best offensive rating (120.2), and Best defensive rating in the NBA (104.8), rushing to the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

Some roster changes at the trade deadline — including a substantial replacement Dennis Schroeder, Josh Richardsonand Ennis Free and Derrick White and Daniel Theis – Helps, but the Celtics starters have also come a long way over the year, working on building chemistry and finding the right roles for each player afterward Marcus Smart Open calls for Tatum and Brown’s performance in the first month of the season.

Impressive series victories over Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Miami earned Celtics a spot in the NBA Finals, but after going 2-1, the Cs ended up losing in six games to the Warriors. While missing out on a championship is a bitter pill to swallow, Boston’s season has to be considered a huge success considering what happened in January.


Celtics offseason plan:

Of the 15 players who ended the season with Celtic on standard contracts, 12 are on contract for the 2022/23 season. two – Sam Hauser and Juwan Morgan – have team options on their trades and only one – Luke Cornett – Facing an unrestricted free agency market. Considering the three players played a combined 247 minutes for Boston last season, it’s unlikely they’ll be a major offseason priority — maybe a return or two, but not more than the veteran’s minimums.

With no key players in free agency and no first-round picks, the Celtics’ offseason to-do list won’t be as long as it was a year ago, but the team still needs to make some roster decisions.

First, 3 of the 12 players on contracts for next season have non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed salaries.Guaranteeing the remaining $70,000 of Horford’s $265,000 expiry deal would be an easy decision, but Nicks Tauskas and Malik Fitzwhose minimum wage contracts are non-guaranteed and not lock-in returns.

If the Celtics made Cornett, Morgan and Hauser free agents and waived Stauskas and Fitz before their salary guarantees, they would have as many as five openings on their 15-man roster, Opens the door for management looking to compete for the title in the minimum wage deal for a veteran’s market.

With nearly all of the playoff rotation returning, Boston may not be able to provide a significant role for any free agency targets. Still, the opportunity to join a title contender is attractive, and if teams are willing to use the taxpayer’s mid-level exception, that could make the difference for a seasoned free agent. Interest in minimum deals.

Exploring the trade market for a rotation upgrade is one path the Celtics could take, especially since Stevens has shown a real willingness to rotate and trade since taking office. Since his promotion, Boston has made nine trades. However, Stevens may be more cautious in the offseason given how well the current team is doing in the playoffs and in the postseason.

Even if their 2022/23 squad doesn’t change much, Celtic will have to start thinking about what the squad will look like Exceed next season. Grant Williams He’s eligible for a rookie-size extension this offseason after proving in this year’s playoffs that he can play a key role in the big game.

A year ago, Boston signed Robert Williams Based on Williams’ injury history and track record at the time, extending four years and 48MM (plus bonuses) looked like a roll of the dice. If the Celtics are bullish on Grant Williams’ development path and can sign him at a similar team-friendly rate, it makes sense to move early again to avoid the risk of him becoming more expensive a year from now.

Brown and Horford are also eligible for extension this offseason, but may not be in a rush to lock down either player. Brown is two years away from free agency, and Horford just turned 36. Extending a player of that age is often an unnecessary risk because you never know when he’s going to lose a step and see his value plummet.


Salary cap situation

Note: Our salary cap figures are based on the league’s latest projections for the 2022/23 season ($122MM).

guaranteed salary

  • Jayson Tatum ($30,351,780)
  • Jaylen Brown ($28,741,071)
  • Al Horford ($19,500,000) – Partially guaranteed. Non-guaranteed section noted below.
  • Marcus Smart ($17,207,142)
  • Derrick White ($16,892,857)
  • Robert Williams ($10,937,502)
  • Daniel Theis ($8,694,369)
  • Grant Williams ($4,306,281)
  • Aaron Nesmith ($3,804,360)
  • Peyton Pritchard ($2,239,200)
  • Dmitry Jackson ($92,857) – Exempted by extension.
  • Total: $142,767,419

Player options

Team options

non-guaranteed salary

restricted free agency

two-way free agency

pick

  • No. 53 pick (uncapped)

Players eligible for extension

Note: These players are either already eligible for the extension or will be eligible before the start of the 2022/23 season.

  • Jaylen Brown (veteran)
  • Al Horford (veteran)
  • Grant Williams (Rookie size)

Unrestricted free agency/other caps

Offseason Cap Outlook

After narrowly avoiding the luxury tax in 2021/22, Celtic could theoretically try to do so again next season, but if that’s a major priority after the club gets the financial benefit of extending the playoffs would be surprised.

Once Horford’s salary is guaranteed, Boston will have reached the projected tax line of $149 for 10 players. Even filling a roster with minimum-salary players puts a team’s salaries well into tax territory, so evading taxes will require at least a cost-cutting trade or two.

Available cap exceptions

  • Taxpayer Intermediate Exception: $6,392,000 5
  • Trade exceptions: $17,142,857
  • Trade exceptions: $6,907,815
  • Trade exceptions: $5,890,000
  • Trade exceptions: $3,804,360
  • Trade exceptions: $2,161,152
  • Trade exceptions: $1,910,860
  • Trade exceptions: $1,782,621
  • Trade exceptions: $1,669,178
  • Trade exceptions: $1,440,549
  • Trade exceptions: $500,000

footnote

  1. Even if his option is exercised, Morgan’s salary will not be guaranteed.
  2. Hauser’s salary is partially guaranteed ($300,000) if the option is exercised.
  3. Stauskas’ salary will be fully guaranteed after July 15.
  4. Fitts’ salary will be partially guaranteed ($50,000) after September 1.
  5. This is an expected value. If the Celtics stay within the tax bracket, they can get a full mid-level exception ($10,349,000) and a semi-annual exception ($4,050,000).

Salary and salary cap information from Basketball Insider and RealGM was used to create this article.

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