A big time signing could jeopardize Kelly Olynyk‘s future with the Celtics, Jay King of Massachusetts Live writes. The organization would need to explore renouncing the restricted free agent’s contract in order to free up cap space.
Still, King writes, it’s possible that the franchise could free up money in other ways that don’t involve parting ways with the sharp shooting big man. The British Columbia native averaged 9.0 points per game in 75 contests with Boston this season.
Olynyk could yield as much as $10-$12MM this summer, his value no doubt inflated by the NBA’s growing emphasis on outside shooting, but whether or not the C’s will be in a position to retain him depends on the rest of their plans over the course of a busy offseason.
There’s more from the Atlantic Division:
- The Knicks will bring Kentucky’s Malik Monk in for a workout early next week, Ian Begley of ESPN writes. New York picks eighth in this month’s draft and NBADraft.net actually slots Monk in at the No. 8 spot in their latest mock draft.
- While there will be plenty of intriguing options available to the Sixers when they select third in the NBA Draft particularly Justin Jackson and De’Aaron Fox, Keith Pompey of the Inquirer says not to overlook Duke product Jayson Tatum.
- The latest list of free agents and rookies to be worked out by the Nets has been published by Nets Daily.
- The Raptors auditioned a number of draft prospects this week, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun wrote about their workouts.
9 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Olynyk, Monk, Draft”
Besides Olynyk being a tall white guy with a friar tuck beard, what made anyone think he was a LT guy? They’ve been looking to upgrade at HIS position since he got there.
Because he’s insanely valuable off the bench. His problem is he’s way too much of a foul magnet to be a starter. Plus his stats this postseason were actually very decent… very very decent. I think the Cs have to prioritize guys like Hayward, Millsap, and Griffin first, but if the Celtics cannot land them, they almost have to bring back Olynyk.
I don’t see Hayward, Milsap, or Griffin making the Celtics competitive with Warriors or Cavs, just terribly expensive. Olynk is a valuable team player, but only retain if he is willing to accept a contract for what he does.
Olynyk has a huge upside but has not proven he can produce every night. He should be a better rebounder and lacks a killer instinct. He also makes too many dumb fouls.
Huge upside? Insanely valuable? Do either of you watch the Celtics play?? He’s as average as it gets and is also wildly inconsistent.
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Olynyk is decent as he only plays 20 min per game off the bench. As a tall white guy he also shoots some 3s. Consistency is the issue.
Once you start paying Olynyk for what he does, his value is gone. He’s only of value on the rookie contract.
I honestly don’t consider Olynyk more than a 5-7 million player at most