Full new contract terms for Luke Kornet's return to Boston Celtics revealed

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Great news, Boston Celtics fans. The Kornet Kontest will remain in Boston for at least another year. The Celtics kicked off their post-Banner 18 free agency push by immediately resigning Luke Kornet to a one-year deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. He will make $2,800,834 during the 2024-25 season and re-enter free agency next summer as of now (h/t Spotrac).

Boston’s first signing of the offseason marked the first deal of the official NBA free agency period. Kornet clearly loves Beantown, considering he couldn’t wait to return for a shot at back-to-back championships.

Kornet has become a fan favorite during his two-and-a-half seasons with Boston. Many of Kornet’s teammates have called him the funniest guy on the team, and he has shown his humor time and time again. From teaching Jaylen Brown how to dance like a pro to his epic ice-in-the-veins celebration after a free throw, Kornet has given Celtics fans some truly hilarious moments.

Jayson Tatum gave Kornet high praise in a press conference last season, shouting out the 7-foot-2 center for his professionalism and his presence as a morale booster for the Celtics.

"I love Luke. He’s the ultimate teammate, ultimate professional. Never knows exactly when his time is going to come or his minutes, but he’s always prepared. He always knows the game plan … He might be the funniest guy on our team, so he keeps everybody’s spirits high."

Jayson Tatum

Payton Pritchard, the half-court heave king himself, had more great things to say about Kornet during the Banner 18 playoff run.

"He’s a different type of personality that everybody loves. He’s very positive, jokes a lot, keeps a smile on people’s faces. He’s big-time for our locker room, keeps things easy, but also competes at a high level."

Payton Pritchard

Kornet played an important depth role for the Boston Celtics all season long

Kornet suited up in 13 games during Boston’s championship run, averaging 3.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game. He shot 66.7% from the field and 84.6% from the free throw line.

Head coach Joe Mazzulla clearly loved what Kornet brought to the table for Boston’s second unit this season. The former Vanderbilt product has become very accustomed to the Celtics’ system, often thriving as a dribble-hand-off hub and pick-and-roll lob threat off the bench. His chemistry with Pritchard on and off the court was apparent all season long.

Kornet suited up in 63 regular-season contests for the NBA champions, including seven spot starts. He actually became the only member of the 50/40/90 club last season when he nailed his only 3-point attempt of the year in Game 79.

Kornet averaged 5.3 points and 4.1 boards while shooting 70.0% from the field, 100.0% from three, and 90.7% from the free throw line. He boasted a team-high 70.2% effective field goal percentage with 97% of his shots coming in the paint.

With Kristaps Porzingis set to miss at least the first few months of the 2024-25 season, Kornet should play a huge depth role for the Celtics once again. Boston also brought back young big man Neemias Queta on a multi-year deal, which should allow the C's to lessen the blow of Porzingis' absence early next season.

Clearly, Kornet brings an incredible amount of positivity to Boston’s championship squad. He is the ultimate locker room guy, and the rest of the team knows it. The Celtics were wise to resign Kornet and the elite vibes he brings to the best team in basketball.