Danny Ainge isn’t waiting until free agency to sign players. The Celtics are finalizing a deal with EuroLeague guard Brad Wanamaker, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wanamaker, 28, has discussed NBA deals with several teams over the last two years. The undrafted four-year player out of the University of Pittsburgh has played with seven European teams since leaving the States.
The Celtics’ interest in Wanamaker is an indication they’re unsure about the future of Marcus Smart, who is expected to become a free agent July 1. According to Yahoo NBA insider Jordan Schultz, the Mavericks, Bulls, Pacers and Suns are all interested in Smart, along with the Celtics.
At the end of the playoffs, Smart told ESPN he’s seeking between $12-$14 million annually in free agency. The 24-year-old guard averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists last year.
Wanamaker’s best offensive season in Europe came in 2016-17, when he averaged 16.7 points per contest. Last season, he put up 11.3 points per game with 3.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds. With those numbers, he projects to be a rotational piece, perhaps in the Shane Larkin role.
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