Thursday, July 21, 2016

Celtics roster update and potential 2016-17 depth chart


PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Jae Crowder
PF: Amir Johnson
C: Al Horford

2nd String

PG: Terry Rozier
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jonas Jerebo
C: Kelly Olynyk

End of Bench

Jordan Mickey
RJ Hunter
James Young

Those 13 players all have guaranteed contracts for next year (once Brown officially signs).

Unsigned 2nd-Round Picks

Demetrius Jackson
Ben Bentil
Abdel Nader

Overseas: Ante Zizic, Guerschon Yabusele

Restricted Free Agent: Tyler Zeller


- All of this may change considering Danny Ainge keeps saying he's not done making moves (which is why none of the new draft choices have been signed yet--to keep open roster flexibility).
- I wouldn't be surprised to see Olynyk start instead of Johnson.
- The three second-round picks will eventually be signed and spend the majority of the year in the D-League, with occasional call-ups to Boston depending on injuries and roster openings.
- First-round picks Zizic (Croatia) and Yabusele (China) will play abroad next season and likely join the Celtics in 2017.
- Zeller may end up staying on his qualifying offer for one year at $3.7 million.  If he does, he'll grab the 13th active roster spot and push one of the "End of Bench" guys (my guess would be Young) into the inactive/D-League zone with the second-rounders.

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