Drafting Marcus Smart at No. 6 overall was thought to perhaps make Avery Bradley expendable. At the very least, the plan appeared to be to let him walk if he received too high of an offer to match. However, early on in free agency, Danny Ainge up and gave Bradley four years and $32 million.
The Celtics also drafted James Young, who is listed as a shooting guard, but he has the height and hopefully the strength to play some small forward. Either way, though, this kid won't be ordering his first adult beverage for another 26 months or so.
Boston still has no center on the roster, beyond end-of-bench guys like Vitor Faverani and Joel Anthony and is still very limited with the ways they can score the basketball, especially late in games.
Hopefully, the message to take here is that they are far from done with free agency this summer, but money is quickly drying up.
Boston has about $55.7 million tied up in guaranteed contracts for nine players. If and when they eventually sign Smart and Young, that number will likely creep above $60 million for 11 guys.