Celtics Mailbag: Sign Carmelo Anthony, or give Sam Hauser a chance?

The Boston Celtics assembled to start training camp in just three weeks. But was there really an off season?

Between the team’s July signings, a month of Kevin Durant rumors, and Danilo Galinari With a knee injury, there haven’t been many lulls since the team failed in the 2022 NBA Finals in June.

Six players Celtics could pursue to replace Gallinari after ACL injury

Let’s start the recalibration process by opening the Celtics Mailbag for the first time since the end of last season and checking what’s on your mind (which turns out to have a lot to do with what the Celtics would do without the Gallinari and a couple of open slots on the roster):

Why not see what Sam Houser can do for a month or two, and if he stumbles, chase after a vet? -WSpooney

Spoons, I think it’s a very reasonable plan. Teams sometimes rush in too fast to fill in the blanks and there shouldn’t be much urgency from the Celtics in the wake of Gallinari’s injury. Anyone available now has been sitting there since the beginning of summer. Why not evaluate what you have, especially when there are other areas of need in the future?

The team’s welfare tax situation will ensure that they think about every dollar they spend the rest of the season. It’s important to remember that if Boston’s Carmelo Anthony — or any of the other seasoned veterans — signs for a one-year deal, they cannot concede that player without losing league-funded savings to sign that veteran.

Maybe you get into the camp, there is an urgent need for a veteran striker who scores the first goals who can eat 4 minutes in, Hauser is still very difficult, and all this forces it a bit. But if you’re committed to Hozer – and you’ve got it under your belt with minimal money over the next three years – why not try developing that asset before you hit Band-Aid?

One caveat here: While I think the Celtics will leave 15th on the roster open for most of the season, the team should fill 14th and basically no difference in bragging about an experienced veteran versus, say, an inexperienced summer league holder. So if someone doesn’t distinguish themselves early in camp, getting to a veteran to fill out the roster is no longer expensive, beyond perhaps having to guarantee that money right away for the season.

One more possible accelerator: If the superstars on the team liked Jason Tatum And the Jaylyn Brown Go to Brad Stevens to express your desire for a certain veteran, and then you just have to think about it a little more difficult. But patience is a good thing here.

I don’t mind if the Celtics are waiting for him to reassess their needs after the start of the new season. Of all the realistic options, I enjoy Rudy Gay the most. His current contract matches that of Juancho Hernangomes’ TPE, which expires on January 19, 2023. -CelticsFiles

I’ve stumbled upon Gay as a potential business potential in recent years, but I’m not sure it makes sense for this current team. Gay is set to make $6.2 million this year. Even if he was already compliant with the disabled player exception that the Celtics could get for a Gallinari – he wouldn’t, it would be $3.2 million, or half of Galinari’s salary, if granted – the Celtics still had to pay Jay’s full. The salary and the associated tax penalties.

Already nearly $20 million above the tax threshold, Boston will pay at least $4.5 for every $1 spent on a player. That $6.2 million commitment becomes the spending of $28 million for a 36-year-old coming out of the off season. That’s why I think Boston isn’t likely to use DPE or a large portion of TPE unless they forego a huge salary.

Any chance of anyone from the Summer League making the list? Justin Jackson, Broderick Thomas, or Matt Ryan? What is the significance of the bench end? -yella_ghost

One of the most interesting aspects of the camp is watching these younger players talk about their case at 14th on the list. Even then, guys like Hauser and Luke Kornet have to prove they can help with eating for minutes. It’s no coincidence that Boston brings a handful of former first-round picks — Noah Funley, Bruno Kabuclo and spot duo Mfuundo Kapengel — to camp in the hopes of someone showing up.

Brad Stevens has swapped multiple picks in the first round since taking the job and can mitigate the salary bloat on his team by finding a neglected talent to fill the Boston bench with the least amount of money. We saw last season that there is value in just adopting a limited role and being a good teammate, but Boston should also prioritize talent with high ceilings who can help in the event of injury. Everyone at the end of the list has the drive to prove themselves in the camp.

Why does the front office hate 7 feet? – @c0_nun_drum

With the Five approaching the season, what will the team do to ensure Robert Williams stays on the field? Will he be able to play 65 games and still be ready for beyond the season? -Nice_and_Blue

It’s fair to worry about Boston’s huge man depth, especially considering that Gallinari was probably able to play around 5 in the small ball formations. Sadly, Boston will rely heavily on its diversity and hopes to be able to get away with some smaller formations.

We’re eager to see if Kornet can hold up as deep. He’s the only current roster player on a no-guaranteed deal, giving you potential flexibility to maneuver around this spot. The Horfords will need nights off (the Celtics have 13 in a row) and Robert Williams It should prove capable of putting together another healthy regular season. Can you get away with throwing Cornet there sometimes, especially against players like Joel Embiid? Cornette is not short on size and has two seasons around the team now.

The bigger question here: Can Grant Williams give you some good defensive minutes like 5 under 5 and limit the amount you might have to rely on Kornet and less experienced players? This would probably reduce the stress caused by not having a lot of pure volume. Remember, Williams scored 35 percent of his minutes in the center as a rookie even though that number has been dropping every year (9 percent in the second year, 3 percent last year).

Why are these people under contract allowed to play Euroball in the off-season? Especially guys with bad knees? -priusport

absorb injuries. But for the small handful of players suffering a major setback, there are another 450 players in the NBA who have come off their summer fine. Playing for the national teams is important to these guys. And you can’t put them all in bubble wrap for three months. Will Pro-Ams Ban? Ban runs at Los Angeles Fitness? Guys will flail and injuries are just bad luck sometimes.

What duo are on the bench and are we looking forward to watching play? Malcolm Brogdon And defensive stoppers Grant Williams? – @Ricarios

I think Brogdon gives you a lot of variety with formations while providing another veteran body that Ime Udoka can confidently jog there for over 30 minutes a night. I’ll keep saying that: I think Brogdon’s addition overshadowed how influential Derek White was. He’ll be more comfortable here and Brogdon relieves some of the ball pressure from his plate.

I’m eager to see how these two get along while they top the reserve line-up. There shouldn’t be much defensive landing with the Brogdon/White/Grant Williams lineup on the ground, for example, regardless of the other pieces around them.

What are your expectations for Peyton Pritchard? Can he ascend with Gallinari out? – @HarryMannjr1

When Dennis Schroeder arrived last year, Pritchard’s role evaporated and he had to reassert himself over the course of the year. I think there will be nights when he doesn’t get the court time he might prefer, but if he consistently drops three throws and doesn’t allow teams to target him defensively, he can force a little playtime issue.

Gallinari’s absence should create some choppy minutes. But his biggest chance you may have to wait until cases where it’s Brogdon, White, or Marcus Smart They sidelined.