Boston Celtics will need to make decisions on Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson by … – MassLive.com
Perry Jones, David Lee, Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko
Boston Celtics basketball players, from left, Perry Jones, David Lee, Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder, and Jonas Jerebko, display team jerseys during a news conference at the NBA team’s training facility Monday, July 27, 2015, in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
One bookkeeping date to keep in mind moving forward: July 3, 2016. By then, the Boston Celtics will need to make decisions on the nonguaranteed second seasons of Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson.
According to Grantland’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics can waive Jerebko and Johnson any time before that day. Based on Lowe’s article, it appears those contracts will become guaranteed on July 3 — the third day teams can talk to free agents next summer. Basketball Insiders’ salary database lists the same trigger date, which will give Boston two days to recruit free agents, examine options and determine a course of action.
The Celtics could use the nonguaranteed contracts as trade chips, waive one or both players to chase worthy free agents, or keep both Jerebko and Johnson through the duration of their deals. The decisions could depend primarily on what opportunities exist 11 months from now.
Anyway, July 3, 2016 is just another date to keep in mind as Danny Ainge continues digging for a contending team. Now that you have assuredly marked your calendars, please feel free to carry on with your Tuesday. If you’re interested, Lowe’s story also includes some chatter about three players Boston could possibly offer contract extensions, Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Perry Jones.
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