August 1, 2016, 8:24 am
According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Celtics are unlikely to extend big man Kelly Olynyk before the October 30th deadline.
The Celtics would love for Olynyk to develop into a consistent stretch four; something that everyone is coveting these days. He’s certainly got the ability to make the leap as he’s shot over .349 from deep in each of his three seasons and is coming off a year where he shot .405 from three point land.
Olynyk’s problems are twofold: health and a crowded rotation. He’s missed 43 games in his career so far with myriad injuries. If he can stay healthy, there’s certainly some more room for him to operate this season. He’ll be behind Amir Johnson and Al Horford but could definitely be the first big man off the bench. He could also be looking at more playing time with Jared Sullinger’s departure.
Olynyk fulfilling his potential is obviously the end goal for Boston but a strong season probably ensures his departure next offseason. Players of Olynyk’s skillset are in high demand in the modern NBA and he could be looking at a big contract if he turns in a strong campaign. It’s a small gamble by the Celtics but one that could cost them a promising stretch four.