Boston Celtics Mailbag: Kris Dunns position, Al Horfords subsequent contract, Grant Williams outlook

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BRobb. If Big Al is an actual contributor this 12 months, may just he and the Cs rip up the final 12 months of his contract and signal him to a two-year extension for much less annual cash? TJ

This is an engaging subplot to the impending season for Boston. Horfords contract for the 2022-23 season is most effective assured for $14.5 million of the $27.5 million he’s owed so long as the Celtics dont make the NBA Finals this 12 months. That makes him a pleasant expiring contract so that you could transfer by the use of business (whilst giving the receiving group some wage aid if they would like it). From what I listen, the Celtics imagine he’s going to be a significant contributor within the provide with the vital minute barriers. The odds of Horford staying in Boston lasting past twelve months is proscribed then again if the group makes a splashy business. However, if they just attempt to upload extra supporting items round Tatum/Brown with their TPEs, there’s a global the place Horford remains previous this 12 months. It would most probably contain Horford taking with reference to league minimal cash to re-sign if the group waives him (so he nonetheless will get his $14.5 million) however he can signal any place after clearing waivers. Boston cant merely rip up that deal until Horford is keen to surrender his assured cash (a extremely not likely state of affairs).

The query the Celtics will want to solution subsequent 12 months is whether or not they worth having Horford round sufficient as an expiring contract for trades to pay him the whole $27.5 million and stay him at the roster. A powerful 2021-22 season would reinforce the case on that entrance. With that mentioned, given the groups top payroll in position already, the chances are in opposition to Horford being again until he makes some severe wage concessions or the Celtics want him for wage matching in a deal.

Will Jabari stick? Ty

The odds higher on that entrance final week when $100,000 of Parkers contract changed into assured. Brad Stevens additionally spoke final April about Parkers signing being a part of a plan that is going past the present season, which might foreshadow that the group had developmental plans for him. So much has modified in Boston since the ones feedback had been made however Boston does lack dependable offensive intensity at the bench at the moment at energy ahead in the event that they determined to let him cross. Barring every other unfastened agent coming in forward of camp, I love Parkers odds of constructing the group.

What do Grant & Romeo must do to earn constant taking part in time? Do you assume both carves out a task within the rotation? How can Jaylen give a boost to his off ball protection? How must Pritchard paintings at being a plus defender/who must he emulate at his measurement? Appreciate it. Eddy F.B.

I believe there can be room for a type of guys within the rotation however more than likely now not each. For each and every of them, it begins with protection and 3-point capturing. Showing off some versatility throughout more than one defensive positions can be treasured within the frontcourt given Bostons loss of wing intensity with measurement nowadays. Langford has proven promising flashes in this entrance. Browns off-ball protection is just an issue of extra reps I think like and making improvements to his court docket consciousness. This has at all times been a weak spot for him since a rookie, which restricted his mins early in his occupation. Hes come some distance within the final 3 years however proceeding to check movie and make higher reads must assist him develop in this entrance each and every season. Pritchard must stay blending in ball power and use his excellent assist instincts up to conceivable. That must assist duvet up his measurement and athleticism barriers now and then in sure matchups.

Why are other folks now not speaking about Kris Dunn/why did pundits in an instant think that he used to be transferring on? I assume I believe hes a internet certain participant that may play actual common season mins. Jose M

The group has been quiet at the Dunn entrance (he wasnt discussed by way of Brad Stevens in a press convention after his acquisition), in large part since the groups intensity chart at guard is stacked so there could be restricted alternative for him in Boston within the provide. With that mentioned, this team has a a ways higher defensive glance this 12 months and its fully conceivable that Dunn may just assist so much on that entrance if he comes into camp wholesome. His offensive barriers are a large number of however Marcus Smart and Dunn could be probably the most perfect defensive backcourts within the NBA in the event that they get time in combination. A separate business forward of or all through camp may just open up some alternative for Dunn or possibly he beats out guys for bench mins. For now, Id say the chances are moderately in prefer of him being moved because of his wage and comfort tax considerations (he makes $5 million) however would be expecting the Celtics to discover their choices in both route as camp approaches.

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