The Boston Celtics have been one of the strongest teams in the NBA since the start of the new year. Their defense was out of the league, their attack finally showed up, and they climbed to second seed in the Eastern Conference. And the best part of it all? Almost every player on the list has contracts for next year.
Marcus Smart and Robert Williams both signed contract extensions last season. Grant Williams, Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith are still on their rookie contracts. Al Horford has one season left on his contract, Jaylen Brown has two, Daniel Theis has three, and Jayson Tatum has four more with a selection of players from last year.
However, there are a number of selected players that will not be under the team’s control at the end of the year. Sam Hauser and Juwan Morgan have team picks that the team can choose to choose or decline. Nik Stauskas signed a two-year contract with the Celtics on March 4. Matt Ryan and Brodric Thomas are on a two-way deal. That leaves only Luke Kornet.
Kornet is the only player currently on a standard contract with the Celtics that is not under the team’s control for next season. The 7’2 big man took time off for Boston late last year and spent most of this season with the Maine Celtics. He was then signed for a year after Boston’s trade deadline antics left them open on the list.
Kornet predicts to leave Celtics this season
Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley released an article on April 14 projecting future landing spots for upcoming Boston freelance agents. The list includes Hauser, Morgan and Kornet. Buckley believes the two exes will return to the Celtics (at least for training camp) next year, but he made a different prediction for Kornet.
The Bleacher Report writer says that, based on his skill set, other teams might be interested in Kornet this summer:
He’s a 7’2″ striker who has at least displayed a coveted combination of saves and space in the floor.The average every 36 minutes of his career has included 2.4 goals every 36 minutes of his career. three points and 2.0 blocks, per Basketball Reference It’s been a long time since he’s hit as many triples, but he’s completed 35% of the range in his first two seasons. His prowess and his career 75.3 free throw make you want to buy his shot touch.
Buckley’s arrival at the Milwaukee Bucks is the most likely destination for Kornet next year, predicting that this big guy will sign a training camp contract with the reigning NBA champion.
Kornet’s Value to the Celtics and Bucks
According to Buckley, the Celtics don’t have much of a chance to use Kornet next year. He says Boston doesn’t need much extra help with the journey:
Someone might want to take another look at Kornet next season, but it almost certainly won’t be Boston. With prolific power, the Celtics are very well covered up front, with Robert Williams III, Al Horford, Daniel Theis and Grant Williams all capable of manipulating the midfield.
However, Kornet may have a chance to play a role in Milwaukee. Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis are their first two picks at center, but after that, things are wide open. They traded for Serge Ibaka on the trade deadline, but he won’t be able to sell the books by the end of the year. Kornet could step in and become that third chain hub.
Based on Buckley’s predictions, it looks like Kornet’s time in Boston could be coming to an end later this year. The Green Kornet. Groot. A man with many nicknames. If he leaves Boston, hopefully he’ll find a team where he can thrive.
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