Ranking the Celtics contracts from bargain to nightmare

The Celtics will be over the second tax apron but are well-positioned moving forward.
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4 of 5

Need time to develop

Boston has four young players hoping to improve their games. Their minutes have been limited on a title-contending roster, but all have untapped potential which may shine in an expanded role on a rebuilding squad.

6. Jaden Springer

The Celtics gave up a second-round draft pick to get Springer before the deadline. The 21-year-old was a first-round selection in 2021 but has struggled to find a consistent role. He must improve his jumper, playmaking, and overall game if he wants to get more playing time.

Springer will make just over $4 million next season before becoming a restricted free agent in 2025. He has a ton to prove over the next year if he wants a fresh contract.

5. Jordan Walsh

The Celtics’ second-round draft pick in 2023 has appeared in just eight games this season. He has been impressive in the G League, but the 20-year-old is not ready for a consistent NBA role. Walsh signed a four-year contract. Boston will give him time to improve and still hope he turns into a key rotation piece.

4. Xavier Tillman Sr.

Tillman Sr. just turned 25 years old and is running out of time. He becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer after making a total of $6.5 million in his first four NBA seasons. The undersized big man may not make the playoff rotation and has plenty to prove if he wants to stick with the Celtics.

3. Neemias Queta

The seven-footer was upgraded to a standard contract late in the season, and Boston has a $2.1 million club option for the 2024-25 season. It is virtually a minimum deal. Do not be surprised to see them keep him, but he has much to improve to be a consistent rotation player.