What Celtics’ NBA playoff roster might look like based on latest report
The NBA prepares to enable teams to bring as much as 17 players on their lineups when 22 clubs resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando next month, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Thursday.
NBA playoff lineups generally are topped at 15, as two-way gamers aren’t eligible for the postseason unless their contracts are converted to NBA offers.
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The NBA had actually discussed having a transaction window from June 22 to July 1 for teams to transform those agreements if they want, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks, but that was under a 15-player format.
This brand-new format relatively would allow those two-way gamers to come to Orlando without having their contracts transformed, per Charania, although it’s still unclear whether they ‘d be eligible for the postseason or just the 8 “seeding” video games leading up to the playoffs.
For the Boston Celtics, that means two-way players Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters could join their teammates at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex when the season resumes in late July.
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Here’s what the Celtics’ postseason roster might appear like with Fall and Waters in the fold:
Guards: Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Brad Wanamaker, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters
Wings: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Semi Ojeleye, Romeo Langford, Javonte Green
Bigs: Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter, Robert Williams, Vincent Poirier, Grant Williams, Tacko Fall
The Celtics also could opt to leave Fall, Waters and/or a bench gamer behind and sign a totally free representative– Isaiah Thomas, anybody?– to bring with them to the “bubble.”.
Boston withstood signing an additional body at numerous points this season, though, so it’s unlikely they bring a newbie into this unique environment.
The NBA has attempted to restrict the size of its “bubble” to keep the danger of a COVID-19 break out as low as possible, and adding 44 gamers certainly will not do that. Then once again, groups should feel more comfy having extra bodies offered in case any of their players gets hurt or infected– in which case we could see a specific 7-foot-5 big guy get some run in Orlando.