With the NBA Universe heading to Las Vegas this week, the Celtics’ offseason is about to switch into high gear. From free agency extensions to trades, Brad Stevens’ front office has a lot of work to do before the free agency suspension period ends on July 6 and contracts begin to be signed. there is
Jaylen Brown’s extension is the most important business, but league and team officials said. The Athletic The first domino they anticipate will be Grant Williams as a restricted free agent. Anonymity was granted because the sources were not authorized to speak on record.
Most of the league’s cap space has been depleted at this point, but Williams’ expectations were that a sign-and-trade or mid-level exception (MLE) was likely. Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, New York and Washington are still in the running, league sources said, with Williams eligible to sign an offer sheet on July 6. Once the sheets are signed, the Celtics have 24 hours before the game.
Boston is looking to acquire a first-round pick in exchange for Williams, but it’s rare for a sign-and-trade with a role player to yield such a big return, league sources say. Once the Williams situation is resolved, the Celtics will have a clearer picture of how they can build their future around Brown’s contract extension.
Discussions about Brown’s veteran extension are expected to heat up soon as negotiating parties head to Summer League in Las Vegas. Several rookie extensions have been agreed since free agency opened, but Brown’s deal is more complicated. A source familiar with the discussion said: The Athletic The delay was due to a flurry of free agency activity last week.
Brown can earn 35 percent of his cap as a designated veteran, compared to just 30 percent of his cap as a rookie supermax. He’s entering his 27th season and can’t expect much growth anymore, so he should be getting his paycheck right now.
Last time he signed a sub-cap deal that included significant incentives at the time, but this new contract extension will be more complicated than just agreeing on numbers. Even if Boston were to offer a five-year deal totaling $295 million, while the Brown camp would, like Jason, seek a third-year early exit option (ETO) and a fifth-year player option, the team would want to build an incentive structure. Tatum received. An ETO would give Brown another chance to sign a deal for up to five years while he is still in his prime.
Brown now has achievable incentives like being on the All-Star team and making the playoffs, but more recently he’s had high-profile deals like Jordan Poole, MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and All-Defensive Team. Nominations and other bonuses are included. Those essentially unattainable incentives would have allowed Poole to at least take pride in pushing his jersey numbers closer to the maximum, but Brown would probably just go overboard.
Kristaps Porgisis’ new contract extension could help Brown get what he wants, even before Williams’ deal is finalized. Porzizis is expected to make $36 million this season, reduced in a reported two-year, $60 million contract extension, to about $29.8 million in 2024-25 and $31.2 million in 2025-26. The drop will be crucial for the Celtics as they try to get through the second apron next season, letting them know what kind of security deposit they can offer Brown or what they can offer for a deal with Williams. would be helpful.
multiple league officials said. The Athletic They said they expect the Celtics to consider deals up to the $12.4 million MLE that teams like Charlotte and Atlanta can offer. But those teams, as well as Dallas, New York and Washington, could sign-and-trade with the Celtics to get Williams for a salary that Boston wouldn’t match. Williams won’t be able to sign an offer sheet until July 6, giving teams time to see how much they can push the Celtics to their teenage players before Boston gives up.
Porzigis signing for less than the maximum amount of an extension would give Williams more room to pay under the second apron, but the sum would be prohibitively expensive to commit to the big man’s rotation. Unless the Celtics intend to play double-bigs in most games, it’s hard to justify not shipping more bigs in 2024.
The addition of O’Shea Brissett provides a low-cost alternative to the Williams four-man role as he can break the glass and defend some positions. That would be a noticeable downgrade, but the Celtics would have to sacrifice somewhere in their rotation to survive the drastic restrictions of the new CBA. For everyone in the league, paying his big four rotations now seems like a thing of the past.
Boston’s approach in recent years has been to build a deep rotation around two stars. In other words, pivoting to Porgisis’ third star, even if his earnings were below the top bill, would give eight starting capable players a fair market value, as they did last season. It means you can’t afford to pay. The new second apron means he can afford to do it for a year, maybe two, until the team withdraws. The Celtics could make life easier for Malcolm Brogdon by taking a big pay cut, but that would create big problems for point guards.
Even after Brogdon’s trade to the Clippers fell apart pre-draft and the Celtics sent Marcus Smart to Memphis instead, the Los Angeles deal could still be in place. The Clippers are looking for a new home for Marcus Morris, but Norman Powell is also being considered for a deal, league sources say, but the Celtics need a third team to get him. right. Progress on a deal with Brogdon could be delayed as the Clippers are reportedly the frontrunners to sign James Harden.
The Celtics are reportedly interested as Damian Lillard’s trade request becomes official, but the Blazers star has strong ties to Miami. Lillard is on a long-term custody, so he can’t use threats to leave as free agency to scare his team. The Celtics could be on board with Lillard, but they don’t look like a good player to build a trade with unless Brown gets a deal.
Whether dealing with Williams or Brogdon, Boston’s priority will likely be bringing in a ball handler to complement White as the starting point guard. The Celtics have agreed to a deal with Raptors backup point guard Darano Banton. athletic Shams Charania, though, is expected to serve as a deep reserve across the backcourt rather than as the core of the offensive plan.
Boston will be getting more bottom-paid players to fill its roster, but any addition to the core rotation will have to come with a subtraction. With Brown not going anywhere at the moment, the Celtics have time to figure out everything else before crossing the finish line as a top priority.
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