The Celtics have picked up their team option on guard Payton Pritchard for the 2023/24 season, a league source tells Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe (Twitter link). The move guarantees Pritchard’s fourth-year salary of $4,037,278.
A part of the Celtics’ regular rotation in 2021/22, Pritchard averaged 6.2 PPG and 2.0 APG on .429/.412/1.000 shooting in 71 games (14.1 MPG) during the regular season and appeared in all 24 of the team’s postseason contests.
However, his role has been reduced early on in 2022/23 following the arrival of Malcolm Brogdon. With Marcus Smart, Derrick White, and Brogdon all playing significant backcourt roles, Pritchard has appeared in just two games so far, logging nine total minutes.
Still, it’s likely just a matter of time before Pritchard starts seeing more regular playing time — Boston’s decision to pick up his fourth-year option signals that the team remains confident in his ability to provide value throughout the rest of his rookie scale contract. He’ll now be eligible for a rookie scale extension in 2023 and would be a restricted free agent in 2024 if he doesn’t sign a new deal before then.
As our rookie scale option decision tracker shows, Pritchard’s option was the only one the Celtics had to make a call on before Monday’s deadline.