After signing Svi Mykhailiuk, the Celtics have 14 players on standard contracts (11 fully guaranteed) and a pair on two-way deals, meaning they still have room for at least one more player on their projected 15-man roster, as well as another two-way player.
However, a league source tells Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe that Boston is unlikely to make a move to fill either opening right away. According to Himmelsbach’s source, the team may wait to see which players become available during the preseason when other NBA clubs make cuts.
Targeting one more frontcourt player is a possibility, but the Celtics may also simply look to add a “good developmental piece,” no matter what position that player plays, per Himmelsbach.
Here’s more from Himmelsbach on the Celtics:
- Boston would likely welcome back Blake Griffin, who was a strong locker room presence last season. However, a reunion doesn’t appear likely at this point as Griffin weighs his future, that same source tells Himmelsbach.
- It has been nearly three weeks since the Celtics announced a four-to-six week rehab program for Kristaps Porzingis (plantar fasciitis). The club remains confident that he’ll be ready to go for training camp, according to Himmelsbach, who adds that Boston’s medical staff has been receiving daily updates on Porzingis’ progress and there’s been no indication he’s experienced any setbacks.
- Jayson Tatum has spent the last few weeks working out in Los Angeles and has trained with former Celtics star Paul Pierce on “more than one occasion,” writes Himmelsbach.