5 Boston Celtics who definitely won't be back for the title defense

The Boston Celtics are about to face the harsh reality of most NBA champions: It's hard to keep the band together, even if it is playing to near perfection.
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Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Unrestricted Free Agent

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk played 41 games with the Boston Celtics during the 2023-24 regular season. He averaged 10.1 minutes per game, which declined to 4.0 minutes per contest once the postseason rolled around.

It's possible that Mykhailiuk will re-sign with the Celtics and provide depth to the defending champions, but if playing time is his goal, this might not be the team for him.

Mykhailiuk, 27, has played for seven teams in six seasons in the NBA. His proficiency from beyond the arc has inevitably intrigued general managers in an era that’s emphasizing the three-point shot more than ever before—a fact that likely led the Boston Celtics to acquire him.

Mykhailiuk is a career 36.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc, but over the past two seasons, he sits at an elite 40.6 percent.

Boston re-signing the former Kansas Jayhawks standout would create perimeter depth. In the event that other key contributors depart this offseason, or players get hurt in 2024-25, he could provide value in a key area.

The more likely outcome, however, is that Mykhailiuk will sign elsewhere in an attempt to land a bigger role following a championship season.