At the end of free agency Boston is left with 18 contracts on the books for the 2016-17 season, three more than the allowed amount. A trade could occur, sending out more players than coming in, to alleviate this minor issue. Otherwise, the Celtics must cut three players before the season starts. Let’s go from most likely to least likely to find the players who will be cut.
Holland has played exactly one minute of NBA basketball. He’s signed two contracts, the other being with the Spurs, making for one of the strangest stats in NBA history; two contracts and one minute played — .5 minutes per contract. Being a four-year college player for the local Boston University is really his only value to the team. With no guarantee on his contract, he’s likely out the door.
A two-year player for Providence, Bentil showed improved scoring ability and range during the 2015-16 NCAA season, but struggled to get on the floor during summer league and just jacked up shots when he did. At 6’9” with a three point shot (albeit a volume three point shot more so than an efficient one) he has some potential but hasn’t shown he’s good enough right now to be on a deep playoff team. With just $250 thousand guaranteed this season and none after that, he’s the next choice to leave Bean Town.
The Celtics originally drafted Green in 2005 and, after a brief mid-career rejuvenation, he looks to be fading into the unplayable range. Last season, Green scored 9 points per game with .39/.32 shooting splits, ugly for a guy whose two NBA skills are dunking and three point shooting. Even though his athleticism is starting to wane, Green is still an unbelievable leaper but unless his three point stroke bounces back to where it was two years ago, he won’t be of much use to the Celtics. Green is a minus defender and can’t create for others. His contract is one-year guaranteed at the veteran’s minimum.
Young, having shown nothing for two NBA seasons (a topic I write about a lot) may have his fourth year option declined and get cut before this season, sad for a guy who was thought to have a lot of promise. I won’t go into too much more — read basically anything I’ve written previously to learn more about Young. His salary is $1.8 million guaranteed with a fourth year option the Celtics must exercise by October 30th.
Boston gave Jackson $1.45 million guaranteed this season with $650k guaranteed next season. They seem to really like him as a prospect and, if he turns out to be as good as they think he’ll be, Boston inked him to a great contract;
years with lots of team control. Despite being a second round pick, Jackson seems pretty likely to catch on with the team based on his contract, though he’ll probably spend most of his time with the Red Claws in Maine.