Celtics expected to move on from Kelly Olynyk
In order for the Celtics’ all-in summer plans — signing one of Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin to a max deal and trading for Paul George with a contract extension in place — to truly work, significant cuts to the cap in order to maximize their savings and ability to make those aforementioned personnel changes would have to be made to the C’s roster.
It’s possible that those plans claimed their first victim on Tuesday, as it appears that Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
One of the most polarizing figures of the entire Brad Stevens era, Olynyk averaged 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 75 games for the Celtics last season, but also shot at a career-best 51.2 percent from the field. And it was in Game 7 of the club’s second-round series with the Wizards that Olynyk became the most popular athlete in town for a night, as he went 10-for-14, scoring 26 points off the bench in a 115-105 win.
The writing appeared on the wall for Olynyk when he was first denied a contract extension when the deadline came and went during the regular season (Olynyk himself admitted that the Celtics had some big plans and that they needed the salary cap flexibility), and the 26-year-old currently sits as a restricted free agent, with a qualifying offer just north of $4 million (something he obviously would not accept). But, Olynyk does count for a $7.7 million cap hold against the Celtics until they renounce his rights.
They’ll need that $7.7 million if they’re going to sign somebody to a max contract, too.
As the Vertical reported, it’s believed that Olynyk will certainly have a market if he is indeed out of the C’s plans, with any and every team seeking a versatile big man, be it as a starter on a bad team, or as an off the bench roleplayer like he was for the 53-win Celtics this past season.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog