Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thoughts on the Gerald Green signing, plus latest Celtics depth chart and roster breakdown

Green at the 2007 dunk contest.

Things have changed since I posted a potential Celtics depth chart two days ago (refer to that if anything here seems unclear, I didn't want to repeat myself): The C's brought back old friend Gerald Green, re-signed restricted free agent Tyler Zeller and inked second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to a guaranteed contract (Ben Bentil will also get a partially guaranteed deal).

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

Spots 11-13
Gerald Green
Tyler Zeller
Jordan Mickey

Competing for 14 & 15
RJ Hunter
James Young
Demetrius Jackson
Ben Bentil
Abdel Nader (no contract yet)
John Holland (non-guaranteed deal leftover from last year)

Guerschon Yabusele
Ante Zizic

Now that Green and Zeller are on board, there is a very good chance that either RJ Hunter or James Young won't make the team (and John Holland reportedly still could, but that would be a shocking development).  With 16.5 contracts (Bentil being the .5) and only 15 available roster spots, my guess is there's a trade of some sort on the horizon.

A few thoughts on Green:
- I can't believe he's still only 30 years old
- He's a solid, but not great, three-point shooter (36 percent from deep for his career)
- My initial reaction to the signing is that it's unnecessary; he'll likely take minutes from Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier, which could slow the growth of all three
- On the other hand, if Brown isn't ready for prime time yet it's good to have another small forward and proven scorer on the roster behind Crowder
- Even though it's minor, the move suggests Boston is doing everything it can to win now, as apposed to developing guys for down the road
- It reminds me of the Evan Turner signing two years ago (which I didn't like at the time), and that worked out spledidly

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