The mud has lastly settled on a comparatively low-key free company interval for the Celtics. After a flurry of trades swapped (in whole) Kemba Walker and Tristan Thompson for Josh Richardson, Al Horford, Kris Dunn, and Bruno Fernando, President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens went to work with restricted cap and roster house on the open market.
After drafting Juhann Begarin with the forty fifth decide within the NBA Draft, Boston stuffed out their roster with two veteran additions. The steal of the 2021 free company interval could be Dennis Schröder for the $5.9 million taxpayer mid-level exception.
“We’re actually excited to welcome Dennis and his household to Boston,” Stevens mentioned within the staff’s official press launch. “Dennis is a high-level participant and competitor, who has constantly impacted profitable along with his play on each ends of the courtroom.”
The 27-year-old spent final yr in Los Angeles, “averaging 15.4 factors (43.7% FG, 33.5% 3-PT, 84.8% FT), and 5.8 assists in 61 video games.” Earlier than becoming a member of the Lakers, Schröder was a Sixth Man of the 12 months candidate in Oklahoma Metropolis in a profession yr. It’s that manufacturing that the Celtics hope he brings to Boston’s bench unit subsequent season.
The opposite FA addition is a well-recognized face: Enes Kanter. Kanter signed a two-year take care of the Celtics in 2019, however was traded final fall to the Portland Path Blazers with a purpose to signal Thompson.
“Enes has a singular means to each rating and rebound,” Stevens mentioned. “Past his on-court contributions, he is a good teammate. We’re thrilled he selected to return to Boston.”
The ten-year veteran is a pillar of consistency. Regardless of his defensive drawbacks, he’s a strolling double-double and will present strong massive man depth behind Horford and Robert Williams.
The Celtics additionally introduced the signing of undrafted rookie Sam Hauser to a two-way contract. In his senior season on the College of Virginia, the 23-year-old shot 41.7% from behind the arc. On Thursday evening, he scored 21 factors together with 6-of-10 threes in opposition to the Orlando Magic in Boston’s blowout win at Summer season League.
In the mean time, Hauser is the Celtics solely two-way participant below contract. Tremont Waters is reportedly searching for an even bigger alternative elsewhere and there are rumblings that Boston may carry again fan favourite Tacko Fall. Begarin and final yr’s second spherical decide Yam Madar is also candidates for that second two-way deal.