The Boston Celtics' 24-year-old break-glass-in-case-of-emergency big man, Neemias Queta, deserves to have his two-way contract converted to a standard NBA pact according to CelticsBlog's Adam Taylor.
"I am not saying (Queta) should be part of the playoff rotation," Taylor prefaced before saying, "I am saying that in a pinch, he could fulfill a role and give you something different. I also get that there’s a legitimate case to find another wing or even another guard. I can see the value in both of those arguments, especially in the case of a backup ball handler. However, Oshae Brissett is emerging as a potential backup wing, which has negated the urgency in finding an upgrade for that position. I’m neither sold on Dalano Banton as Payton Pritchard’s backup.
"However, Mazzulla has had to shuffle the center rotation the most. Queta has grasped his opportunities with both hands. He’s earned the chance to sign a full-scale NBA contract for the remainder of the season."
Neemias Queta gives Boston Celtics non-game-changing addition they're looking for at deadline
The Celtics are specifically not looking for game-changers, but rather players who could easily acquiesce to minimal complementary roles to the top six (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick White, Jrue Holiday, Al Horford) and next two up (Sam Hauser and Payton Pritchard for now).
There's not a less rock-the-boat move to make in the next few weeks than simply making Queta a full-time roster member. It'd be cheap, and if Brad Stevens plays his cards right (which he typically does), he can secure a cost-controlled spark plug for a bargain bin rate for several years in an ever-ascending NBA salary structure.
Perhaps Queta could continue an admirable trend of players who get their payday and then further prove their standing in the Association with improved play.