Now that the preseason is over, yeah you missed it, the Celtics have to get down to business and square away the roster. The Celtics are already above the salary cap threshold, so any changes to the roster are going to need to come from within.
From here on out, the Celtics can only sign players for the league minimum. For a place like Boston, attracting players to the Northeast is no easy task.
The Celtics are expected to make a move as soon as tonight, but could wait until tomorrow to make any moves official. The main roster is in place and essentially a no brainer. The tough part comes down to which of the four non-roster invitees are worthy of the two remaining roster spots. Greg Stiemsma, Gilbert Brown, Jamal Sampson, and Michael Sweetney are gunning to make the roster.
“There’s always time,” said Rivers. “We’re going to play them a lot. Honestly, I’ve pretty much made up my mind. But someone could always go for 60 [points]. And I would assume that would change my mind.”
Houdini says: Go with the 6-foot-11, 260-pound Stiemsma. Stiesmsma has played well in camp and fills a need up front. With the aging, brittle KG and Jermaine O’Neal, the Celtics need as much depth in the front court as possible. Stiemsma can block shots and has enough of a shooting touch to sneak onto the back end of the roster.