Mike Muscala could ‘change everything’ for the Celtics

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Mike Muscala #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers.

For now, the Boston Celtics plan to enter the season with Luke Kornet as their main backup center behind Al Horford and Robert Williams III. However, if Kornet is not a good center, the Celtics have options with commercial exceptions they have at their disposal. The team currently has a $6.9 million Juancho Hernangomez commercial exception and a $5.9 million Dennis Schroder commercial exception.

The Celtics can get another backup center through one of those options. An assistant coach spoke to Heavy’s Sean Deveney about one of the options the Celtics could consider with one of those exceptions: Mike Muscala.

Muscala, who briefly played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019, is often described as an adult. He could be just what the Celtics are looking for if they want an attack in their front line, according to the assistant.

“He can shoot. He knocks down 3s on the wing. If you’re having a frustratingly slow game, he can change things up in a couple of ways. Definitely a guy (Celtics) can get it if they’re looking to build on that shooting space. “

Muscala was a 37.7% career shooter, and he was on a campaign in which he shot 42.9% from a distance. If the Celtics want their third big to be a floor pad, Muscala will answer the call. However, the Celtics may not be interested in Muscala if they want a third center that is always available.


Muscala has concerns about injury

The assistant coach says Muscala’s history of injury could be a possibility.

“He had a hard time staying healthy there last year,” the assistant said. “It’s really been the last few years, with ankle surgery.”

Since joining the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019, Muscala has played 47, 35 and 43 games over the past three seasons. The most games he played in a season was 70 against the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016-17 season.

The assistant added that Muscala’s physical makeup may not match what Head Coach Ime Udoka wants to see from his journey.

“I think the Celtics wanted a bit of a bigger body there for their third big guy, and Muscala is more of a stretch 5, so it could be a place where Ime (Udoka) won’t be. play him a lot… just not sure if he’s the Ime type from a defensive point of view. “

It’s clear that some problems could arise if the Celtics buy Muscala with the intention of playing him in consistent minutes. However, his skill set is tantalizing enough Jay King considers him someone the Celtics might consider a trading term target.

Muscala is called a potential Frontcourt upgrade

King listed Muscala as a viable option if no one came forward as a reliable backup after Al Horford and Robert Williams III.

They still have commercial exceptions of $6.9 million and $5.9 million that can be used to hunt another backup center. The options wouldn’t be too enticing, but someone like Mike Muscala would probably be pretty cheap and available on time if Boston needed a front-line upgrade afterward.

King also reiterated that the Celtics will look at who they have before making a move.

Meanwhile, the Celtics could use Grant Williams in central position if necessary (he played significant minutes there as a rookie), but they believe Kornet would be fine in that role. .

According to Spotrac, Muscala will be paid $3.5 million for the 2022-23 season, so he could fit in either of the two exceptions. However, he is not eligible to trade until December 15, 2022. In addition, he also has the right to veto any trade. Even if the Celtics asked about his services, he could easily refuse the trade.

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