Boston Celtics Player News: All Positions

News: Smart (calf) has been fully cleared to return to on-court work with Team USA, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.
Impact: Smart had been sidelined for the better part of the last two weeks with a calf injury, but he'ls been cleared to return to team activities as of Monday and appears to be on track to be available for the FIBA World Cup at the end of the month.
News: Smart (calf) stated on Friday night's NBA TV broadcast that he's "100 percent confident" that he'll be ready to play by the start of the World Cup, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smart has been slowed during camp due to a tight calf, though the guard doesn't anticipate missing any World Cup action. Even so, the team will likely exercise caution with Smart to ensure he doesn't make the injury any worse by returning before he's ready.
News: Smart is sidelined indefinitely at Team USA camp due to a tight calf, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.
Impact: Smart has been battling the issue for the last few days, and he'll now be shut down temporarily until the team re-evaluates him at some point next week. That means Smart will miss Friday's intra-squad scrimmage, and his status could be in jeopardy for the following week's tune-up game against Spain in California.
News: Kanter said his focus this summer has been adding a three-point shot to his offensive repertoire, HoopsHype reports. "With the league changing, everybody has to be able to make three-point shots now," Kanter said. "That's why my focus this summer is my three-point shooting. When I talked to Brad Stevens, he told me he wanted me to shoot threes."
Impact: Kanter went on to note that Danny Ainge also spoke with him about expanding his range, so this appears to be a serious point of emphasis for the 27-year-old, who signed with the Celtics as a free agent. Kanter has attempted only 143 three-pointers in his NBA career, and while he's never taken more than 45 in a single season, he's a good bet to exceed that number -- and likely by a wide margin -- in 2019-20 with Boston in need of a replacement for Al Horford. A career 29.4 percent shooter from outside, the expected increase in volume may not end up being a strength for Kanter's fantasy profile, but his made threes could be an asset in leagues that don't value percentages.
News: Fall officially signed a contract with the Celtics on Thursday, Taylor C. Snow of the Celtics' official site reports.
Impact: After going undrafted out of Central Florida in June, Fall and the Celtics began negotiating a deal, but his contract wasn't finalized until he finished up summer-league play. The exact terms of Fall's deal aren't known, but it's believed the 7-foot-6 center inked an Exhibit 10 deal. He'll have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot in training camp, but it's more likely Fall opens his first professional campaign with the G League's Maine Red Claws.
News: Green signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Celtics on Thursday, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Green impressed in summer league, averaging 10.8 points per game and shooting 50 percent from the field in his five appearances with Boston's team. That performance has earned him a spot on the Celtics' training camp roster.
News: Wanamaker has officially re-signed with the Boston Celtics, NBA.com reports.
Impact: It was reported on July 2nd that Boston and Wanamaker had agreed to a one year deal, per ESPN's Wojnarowski. The 29-year-old NBA sophomore will add some bench depth behind Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart at point guard. But Wanamaker might struggle to see more floor time than rookie Carsen Edwards, who was impressive during summer league. Ultimately, Wanamaker's fate in 2019-20 might be landing in street clothes more often than not.
News: Theis re-signed with the Celtics on Wednesday.
Impact: Theis agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Celtics near the start of free agency, though later had his qualifying offer pulled as a financial move on the part of Boston to try to maximize its remaining available cap space. Ultimately, he'll remain with Boston, as expected. Over the past two seasons, he's played a deep bench role at both power forward and center, and he averaged 5.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 13.8 minutes in 2018-19. It's possible he sees slightly more action moving forward with the departures of Al Horford and Marcus Morris.
News: Edwards agreed to terms Friday with the Celtics on a four-year, $4.5 million contract, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Edwards erupted for 25 points in Saturday's Las Vegas Summer League finale against the Grizzlies, marking his third 20-plus-point effort. The Purdue product was mightily impressive in the desert, demonstrating the scoring chops he flashed throughout his three-year college career. He'll compete with Brad Wanamaker for the backup point guard role behind Kemba Walker as the Celtics look to find a replacement for the departed Terry Rozier.
News: Waters produced eight points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), nine assists, two rebounds and a steal across 24 minutes in Thursday's 113-87 win over the Grizzlies in Las Vegas.
Impact: Waters enters a crowded depth chart with the Celtics, but the second-round pick should make the roster regardless. At only 5-11, the LSU product is only suitable as a point guard, and Marcus Smart should end up as the primary backup to Kemba Walker after the departure of Terry Rozier. As a result, Waters' impact is expected to be minimal this season, at least in the short term.
News: Williams recorded 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot across 21 minutes during Thursday's 113 -87 win over the Grizzlies in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: As the Celtics roared to 4-0 in this blowout win, Williams kept rolling as well. The 21-year old showed some toughness by playing through a hip bruise, which should impress the Celtics brass as they attempt to construct a frontcourt lineup without Al Horford and Aron Baynes. Enes Kanter will be the likely starter this year, but Williams is making a case for a spot on the bench come October.
News: Strus (undisclosed) finished with 12 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and three assists over 15 minutes in Tuesday's summer league matchup with Denver.
Impact: Strus was held out of Saturday's clash for unknown reasons, but he appears healthy and pieced together a solid bench performance Tuesday night. He was efficient with his shot selection and contributed across the board in a 95-82 victory.
News: Waters netted 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists, one rebound and two steals across 25 minutes during the Celtics' 95-82 win over the Nuggets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 2019 second-round pick was solid while working with the first unit, even as he continued to scuffle somewhat with his shot. Waters is now averaging 10.7 points (on 36.0 percent shooting), 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals across 21.7 minutes over three games in Las Vegas as he looks to make a case for strong consideration for a reserve backcourt role in the coming campaign.
News: Edwards tallied 23 points (8-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 24 minutes during the Celtics' 95-82 win over the Nuggets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 2019 second-round pick's play in the desert has been quite the revelation thus far, as he'd already come into Wednesday's game with averages of 17.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.0 steals over his first pair of contests. Edwards' efficiency has especially been a sight to behold, particularly encouraging after he only drained 41.2 percent of his attempts over three college seasons at Purdue.
News: Williams managed 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and two steals across 29 minutes in the Celtics' 95-82 win over the Nuggets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 2019 first-round pick was in fine form once again, with his scoring total pacing Boston's first unit. Williams also co-led the starters in rebounds, and both of his tallies Tuesday were his best over the first three games of summer league play.
News: Yabusele (finger) is expected to miss the rest of summer league play.
Impact: Yabusele was ruled out for Tuesday's game but will now face a more extended absence due to the pinkie injury on his left hand. It's currently unclear whether the 23-year-old's availability for training camp will be impacted.
News: Yabusele was ruled out for Tuesday's summer league game with a pinkie injury on his left hand.
Impact: The severity of the injury is not yet known, but Yabusele will be forced to miss at least one summer league contest due to the issue.
News: Williams won't play in Tuesday's summer league game due to a right hip bruise.
Impact: Williams had nine points and nine rebounds in Saturday's contest, so it appears to be a recent injury. It's unclear when the 21-year-old is expected to return to the court.
News: Williams posted nine points (4-9 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 19 minutes during Saturday's 96-82 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Williams put together a solid showing and stat line, pitching in across every category while doing work on the defensive end. While the Celtics essentially swapped Al Horford and Aron Baynes for Enes Kanter this offseason, Williams will nevertheless need to prove himself to coach Brad Stevens.
News: Edwards chipped in 20 points (7-17 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three steals, and two rebounds in 28 minutes during Saturday's 96-82 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Edwards enjoyed an impressive debut performance, canning five triples and swiping three steals en route to a victory. The addition of fellow pint-sized point guard Kemba Walker likely means there will be fairly limited minutes for Edwards to make his mark as a rookie. Still, his ability to sink shots from deep beyond the arc combined with his hard-nosed style of play could allow him to crack the rotation, albeit in a limited role, almost right away.
News: Williams went for 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in 19 minutes during Saturday's 96-82 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Williams was very impressive in his summer league debut, contributing across every category while showing touch from beyond the arc. The experienced power forward could carve out a considerable role for himself sooner rather than later given the team's drastic makeover this offseason, but Boston's overall depth may also make it tough for him to rack up steady counting stats as a rookie. Nevertheless, he'll look to continue improving and making his case for playing time as the summer league rolls on.
News: Strus is out for Saturday's summer league contest against the 76ers, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports. He is expected to play Monday.
Impact: It's not clear what's holding out Strus, but it doesn't appear to be serious. He should be good to go for Monday's contest against the Cavaliers.
News: Wanamaker has signed a one-year deal with the Celtics, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Wanamaker, who joined the Celtics last season for his rookie campaign after six years in Europe, will remain with the team as a bench point guard option. Wanamaker saw relatively limited action last season, playing just 343 total minutes. However, with Terry Rozier off to Charlotte, it's possible Wanamaker will be able to carve out a slightly larger role.
News: Theis and the Celtics agreed to terms Tuesday on a two-year, $10 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: A restricted free agent, Theis will remain in Boston where he'll return to what's suddenly a crowded center rotation. Even after losing Al Horford to the Sixers and Aron Baynes to the Suns, Boston has five options -- Enes Kanter, Vincent Poirier, Robert Williams, Guerschon Yabusele, and Theis -- who could all compete for minutes. Given their experience, Kanter and Theis would appear to hold the upper hand.
News: Poirier agreed to a two-year contract with the Celtics on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Poirier is coming off a pair of seasons with Baskonia in Spain and is a traditional big man at 7-feet. He averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2018-19 and could provide Boston with some much-needed size and depth in the frontcourt should he make the final roster.
News: Walker agreed Sunday to a four-year, $141 million pact with the Celtics and will be acquired as part of a sign-and-trade with the Hornets, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Any suspense surrounding Walker's free agency ended Saturday, when ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he was en route to Boston to finalize an agreement. The sign-and-trade is an added wrinkle to the deal likely designed for salary-cap purposes, but both Walker and Rozier are expected to officially put pen to paper on new deals July 6, when the NBA's signing moratorium ends. The 29-year-old Walker will step in as Boston's new starting point guard after Kyrie Irving bolted for Brooklyn.
News: Kanter and the Celtics agreed to terms Monday on a two-year, $10 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kanter waited out the initial rush of signings and will now head to Boston, where he'll join a Celtics team rebuilding on the fly following the departures of Al Horford and Kyrie Irving. Kanter is far from a Horford-caliber defender, but he'll bring scoring and rebounding to the frontcourt and could be in position to open the season as the starter. Splitting last season between the Knicks and Blazers, Kanter finished with combined averages of 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
News: Rozier and the Hornets have agreed to terms on a three-year, $58 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The deal requires a sign-and-trade to complete, and while the details aren't yet clear, both Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker, who are reportedly headed to Brooklyn and Boston, respectively, could also be involved. If Rozier does ultimately land in Charlotte, he'd immediately step into the role vacated by Walker on what will likely be a high-lottery team. Of course, that would entail a rather drastic increase in Rozier's fantasy value after he spent much of last season struggling to find his niche on a deep Celtics team.
News: Rozier will have his rights renounced by Boston, making him an unrestricted free agent, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Rozier had a qualifying offer extended to him earlier in the day. But with the news that Kemba Walker is expected to sign with the Celtics, the team has ultimately decided to let Rozier walk. He should garner interested from several teams who are in need of a starting-caliber point guard.
News: Langford isn't expected to suit up for the Celtics' entry in the Las Vegas Summer League while recovering from the thumb surgery he required earlier in the spring, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Langford played through the thumb issue for much of his lone college season at Indiana, which may have contributed to him shooting just 27.2 percent from three-point range. The inefficiency from distance didn't prevent the Celtics from nabbing Langford with the No. 14 overall pick in the June 20 draft, even while the 6-foot-6 wing remained in the recovery process from surgery. Since he wasn't cleared for full contact when the Celtics began practicing for the summer league this weekend, Langford will likely be in observational mode off the bench when Boston begins its Las Vegas slate.
News: Irving will meet with the Nets on Sunday and it's expected the two sides will agree on a contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After a drama-filled 2018-19 campaign with the Celtics, Irving is moving on to a different squad. Irving and the Nets have long been linked to each other. A six-time All-Star, Irving will look to continue pushing Brooklyn in the right direction, as the franchise made its first playoff appearance last season after three straight campaigns below 30 wins. The change of scenery shouldn't alter his usage drastically, though it's possible he sees a bump if the Nets don't add a second star. D'Angelo Russell is expected to move on to a different team as a result of Irving's signing.
News: Wanamaker was not extended a qualifying offer by the Celtics, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Wanamaker played a minimal role for the Celtics last season, racking up 343 total minutes. It seems unlikely Wanamaker will have a significant market in free agency, so it's possible he ends up in the G League next season.
News: Rozier was extended a qualifying offer by the Celtics on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite Boston being linked to Kemba Walker, the organization will still opt to extend Rozier a qualifying offer as a backup plan. Rozier was vocal last season about wanting a bigger role, and there may be teams out there willing to make him a starting point guard. Though his shooting efficiency leaves something to be desired, Rozier has shown solid passing and defensive upside.
News: Theis was extended a qualifying offer by the Celtics, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Theis has carved out a solid role in Boston's rotation over the past two years, acting as both a power forward or center depending on the situation. He showed significant improvement last season as a three-point shooter, and Theis even dropped two 20-point performances. Other teams may show interest in him to occupy a similar role.
News: The Celtics have fully guaranteed Ojeleye's contract for the 2019-20 season, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: As a second-round pick in 2017, Ojeleye's contract was non-guaranteed for next season if he was waived before July 1. Unsurprisingly, Boston will keep the forward around, and he could step into a larger role next season for what could be a depleted Celtics frontcourt.
News: Fall has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics, Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Fall, a 7-foot-6 prospect out of UCF, didn't hear his name called during the 2019 NBA Draft. However, the Celtics are interested to see what he's capable of at the pro level. Last season, Fall was voted onto the All-ACC team with averages of 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks across 24.9 minutes.
News: Strus has agreed to a two-way contract with the Celtics, Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated reports.
Impact: Strus, voted onto the 2018-19 All-Big East team, didn't get picked during the 2019 NBA Draft. Last season with DePaul, he averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 37.4 minutes.
News: Waters was taken by the Celtics with the 51st overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Waters makes up for his lack of size by having great pure point guard ability. Last season as a sophomore, Waters made the All-SEC team and was voted SEC Defensive Player of the Year by averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.8 rebounds.
News: Williams was selected by the Celtics with the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Williams, a junior out of Tennessee, is a two-time SEC Player of the Year. In conference play last season, he averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and a combined 2.4 steals/blocks. While he'll have to work on improving his outside shooting, the 6-foot-8 forward has plenty of experience carrying an offense and has flashed defensive upside as well.
News: Langford was taken by the Celtics at No. 14 in the NBA Draft via the Kings.
Impact: Langford is a natural scorer who thrives in isolation, but will need to work on his jumper, decision-making, and all around efficiency in order for his offensive talents to fully translate to the league. There are still a lot of questions about what the Celtics' roster will look like when the 2019-20 season tips off, so it remains to be seen what type of role he will play out the gate. The Indiana product averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds across 34.1 minutes per game during his Freshman season.
News: Horford, despite prior reports that he was likely to stay with the Celtics, is expected to sign a four-year contract elsewhere, Steven Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: In a same-day change of plans, it appears Horford will be moving on from Boston. This is a significant hit for the Celtics, as he's been a cornerstone of the franchise since 2016-17. The Celtics were reportedly ready to offer Horford a three-year deal, but another team has apparently arrived with a four-year offer that could be hard for the 33-year-old to turn down.
News: Horford will not exercise his player option for the 2019-20 season but wants to sign a new deal with the Celtics this offseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Horford will officially be an unrestricted free agent after turning down his $30.1 million option, but unsurprisingly, the big man wants to remain with the Celtics. Chances are Horford is going to sign a more affordable long-term deal with the Celtics at some point in July after free agency begins, but big money offers from other teams could potentially change things for the free agent.
News: Irving is "preparing" to sign with Brooklyn, Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily.com reports.
Impact: Irving made it known Wednesday that he isn't planning on exercising his $21.3 million player option for the 2019-2020 campaign, and it appears as though the Nets have emerged as the favorites to land the star point guard. While a deal with Brooklyn is far from official, this development will certainly be worth keeping an eye on.
News: Baynes exercised his $5.9 million player option for 2019-20 Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes has played a meaningful role as Boston's reserve center over the past two seasons. He's appeared in 132 regular-season and 28 playoff games with the Celtics, averaging 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 17.5 minutes in regular-season action.
News: Irving doesn't plan to exercise his $21.3 million player option for next season and will become a free agent in July, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Irving's decision to become a free agent was essentially a foregone conclusion. Even if he wants to stay with Boston, opting out and negotiating a new deal is the most advantageous thing to do from a financial standpoint. Still, Irving's choice to opt out is the first necessary step to his highly-publicized free agency -- one that has many teams looking to add his talent.
News: Celtics' executive Danny Ainge said Wednesday that Horford's future in Boston will be a priority this offseason, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 33-year-old holds a player option for more than $30 million next season, but Ainge intimated that the team may look to work with Horford on restructuring the deal. That would likely mean tacking on some additional years, while lowering Horford cap hit for the 2019-20 season. At this point, it's unclear if Horford will be receptive to such an agreement, but given his age, it's a solution that could benefit both sides.