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Celtics cap space situation after Aron Baynes trade

Celtics cap space situation after Aron Baynes trade

The Celtics said goodbye to a key cog in their locker room and elite defense over the last two seasons when they traded Aron Baynes to the Suns along with the 24th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday night. Boston received a protected 2020 first round pick from the Bucks in return. 

With the likely departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, the Celtics can expect to have $25.8 million in cap space heading into free agency, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. If the Celtics renounce the rights to restricted free agent Terry Rozier, they can create up to $34 million in space. 

While this probably wasn't the preferred path for the Celtics to take following a disappointing 2018-19 season, this amount of money leaves them with a lot of options on how to build the team moving forward. 

If Boston renounces Rozier and creates $34 million in space, they would have the ability to fit a 35 percent max contract on their cap sheet, reserved for players with 7-to-9 years of NBA experience. No matter what they'll be able to offer 25 percent max contracts, reserved for players with six or fewer years of experience. 

If they don't go after marquee free agents, the Celtics could target restricted free agents like Malcolm Brogdon and D'Angelo Russell, or offer multiple one-year deals to build a solid roster around their young core while maintaining flexibility for next summer. 

Another option would be to absorb unwanted contracts in trades coupled with first round picks. If Danny Ainge wants to re-stock his chest of draft picks, helping out ring contenders get out of big contracts would be the best way to do that. Evan Turner in Portland comes to mind. 

The Celtics may not contend for a championship next season without Irving and Horford, but they have plenty of ways to go in building around their crop of young stars. 

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Watch Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards hit 8 3s in third quarter vs. Cavaliers

Watch Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards hit 8 3s in third quarter vs. Cavaliers

Tuesday night's Celtics-Cavaliers preseason matchup was the Carsen Edwards Show.

The C's rookie guard came out of the locker room at halftime on fire, draining eight 3-pointers in the third quarter.

Watch below:

Edwards actually had a rough start to the game as he briefly exited after taking an elbow to the face and struggled to find consistency shooting the ball. It's safe to say Boston's second-round draft pick turned his luck around.

The C's entered Tuesday's game in Cleveland with a 3-0 preseason record.

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Celtics buy the Maine Red Claws but all the talk is about - who else? - Tacko Fall

Celtics buy the Maine Red Claws but all the talk is about - who else? - Tacko Fall

PORTLAND, Maine -- The day was supposed to be about the Celtics taking over ownership of the Maine Red Claws, a move that strengthens an already Teflon-tough bond that has existed for years between the two franchises. 

“This is important to the Celtics player development efforts,” said Rich Gotham, Celtics team president. “We love the market up here. You might think it’s a hockey state if you didn’t know any better. But you find out quickly it really is a great basketball state, so we’re happy to be in Maine and being in a vibrant city like Portland.”

But anything Celtics-related in some way, shape or form these days will come back to Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-6 sensation who attracts attention anywhere he’s at - and, in this case, where he’ll be in the near future. 

Fall recently signed a two-way contract with the Celtics, which means the bulk of this season will be spent in Maine as a member of the Red Claws, the C's Gatorade League affiliate. 

Undrafted out of Central Florida in last June’s draft, Fall has been on the minds of Red Claws fans for quite a while, actually. 

“After his first appearance in summer league with the Celtics, we couldn’t go a day in the state of Maine without someone asking, “Is Tacko going to be in Maine?” said Dajuan Eubanks, the Red Claws team president.

The good folks of Maine will get their wish now that Fall has been signed to the two-way contract, which allows him to spend no more than 45 days with the Celtics while the rest of his time will be spent with the Red Claws. 

“For us, it’s going to be great to have someone of that stature,” Eubanks said. “He has a lot of promise as well. I’m excited to have him here and develop.”

But TackoMania is clearly not just a New England or Celtics thing. 

Everywhere the Celtics have played, Fall has become an instant fan favorite with chants of “We Want Tacko” beginning sometime around the latter stages of the first quarter or in the second, even though he has played primarily in the fourth quarter this preseason. 

While it’s still to be determined whether he will start or how many minutes he will play, there’s no question that the Red Claws have every intention of finding a way to utilize him on the floor, certainly more than he has been used by the Celtics in the preseason. 

“Development is such a huge part of what we do, making players better on and off the court,” said Austin Ainge, the Celtics’ director of player personnel. “And the G-League has now become an essential part of that.”

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