Taylor Funk is the only Boston Celtics player not on a standard or two-way contract, instead having been signed to an Exhibit 10 contract; which is a pact that doesn’t come with any compensation protection, but can include an optional bonus worth as little as $5K and, starting during the 2023-24 season, as much as $75K.
It was previously believed that he’d qualify for one of the last two-way contract slots.
“Funk will have an opportunity to make the Celtics’ roster and wear the same jersey his idol wore, but he’s not the only one,” Boston.com’s Luke Scotchie prefaced on September 11 before saying, “He’ll be vying with former Sacramento Kings G-Leaguer DJ Steward for that final two-way roster spot. It’s not yet clear who will earn that spot, but a decision will almost certainly be made after training camp ends.”
Now that the spot was filled, Funk needs to prove to be versatile enough to play both forward positions and worth keeping behind Tatum and Brown on the wing. Otherwise, it’d be hard to justify keeping a player with no NBA experience at the expense of cutting what’d turn out to be dead money that’d send the Cs deeper into the tax with one of their guaranteed deals.