Boston Celtics Team Salary


Projected 2015/16 Cap Space: $4.6-13.2 million with estimates for Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, along with a cap hold for Jae Crowder.  Stretching Gerald Wallace, while cutting Phil Pressey and Chris Babb.

If the Celtics can work a sign and trade for Johnson via the Rajon Rondo trade exception, with a non-guaranteed third season, the team would be able to stay over the cap and keep their numerous trade exceptions and Mid-Level Exception.

Crowder’s cap hold is $1.1 million, and will presumably sign his contract after the Celtics use their space.

Exceptions *

  • Mid-Level Exception: $5,464,000 (in July)
  • Bi-Annual Exception: $2,139,000 (in July)
  • Room: $2,814,000 (in July)
  • Trade Exception (Kris Humphries, expiring 7/19/15) — $1,334,092
  • Trade Exception (Keith Bogans, expiring 9/25/15) — $285,816
  • Trade Exception (Joel Anthony, expiring 10/19/15) — $152,757
  • Trade Exception (Rajon Rondo, expiring 12/18/15) — $12,909,090
  • Trade Exception (Dwight Powell, expiring 12/18/15) — $507,336
  • Trade Exception (Brandan Wright, expiring 1/9/16) — $500,000 (partially used on Jonas Jerebko)
  • Trade Exception (Jameer Nelson, expiring 1/13/16) — $625,280
  • Trade Exception (Austin Rivers, expiring 1/15/16) — $689,840 (partially used on Luigi Datome)
  • Trade Exception (Marcus Thornton, expiring 2/19/16) — $1,336,394
  • Trade Exception (Tayshaun Prince, expiring 2/19/16) — $7,707,865

* Room Exception only available if other exceptions renounced.

Free Agents

Bird: Brandon Bass, Jonas Jerebko (reportedly re-signing), Jae Crowder (restricted, reportedly re-signing)
Early Bird: Luigi Datome

The Celtics have a long list of free agents no longer in the league that represent cap holds which would need to be renounced for Boston to get under the cap (Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Finley, Michael Olowokandi, Stephon Marbury, etc.).

First-Round Player Options: Marcus Smart (third-year), James Young (third-year), Kelly Olynyk (fourth-year)

First-Round Extension Eligible: Tyler Zeller, Jared Sullinger

Amnesty: Unused with no remaining eligible players.


  • 6/25/15 — Selected Terry Rozier with the 16th pick in the draft.
  • 6/25/15 — Selected R.J. Hunter with the 28th pick in the draft.
  • 6/25/15 — Selected Jordan Mickey with the 33rd pick in the draft.
  • 6/25/15 — Selected Marcus Thornton with the 45th pick in the draft.
  • 6/29/15 — Tendered a qualifying offer to Jae Crowder.
  • TBD — Reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with Jonas Jerebko.
  • TBD — Reportedly agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with Amir Johnson.
  • TBD — Reportedly agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with Jae Crowder.

Waived Players: None

Unsigned Draft Picks

  • First-rounders: Terry Rozier (2015-16th), R.J. Hunter (2015-28th)
  • Second-rounders: Jordan Mickey (2015-33rd), Marcus Thornton (2015-45th), Colton Iverson (2013-53rd), Josip Sesar (2000-47th), Ben Pepper (1997-55th)

Roster Count: 12 guaranteed, two non-guaranteed

Depth Chart*:
PG: Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, Phil Pressey
SG: Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Chris Babb
SF: Jonas Jerebko, Evan Turner, James Young, Gerald Wallace
PF: Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk
C: Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller

*Note: Teams often adjust their depth chart throughout the season, sometimes game by game.

Head Coach: Brad Stevens (hired in 2013 on a six-year, $22 million deal)

Basketball Executives:

  • Danny Ainge — President of Basketball Operations
  • Mike Zarren — Assistant General Manager & Team Counsel
  • Austin Ainge — Director of Player Personnel
  • David Sparks — Director of Basketball Analytics

Pick Swaps:

  • 2016 — Owed first-rounder (top-12 protected else converts to 2016 and 2017 second-rounders) from Minnesota Timberwolves (Robin Lopez, Wesley Johnson, Brandan Wright).
  • 2016 — Owed first-rounder from Brooklyn Nets (Kevin Garnett).
  • 2016 — Owed first-rounder (top-seven protected through 2020, unprotected in 2021) from Dallas Mavericks (Rajon Rondo).
  • 2016 — Owed second-rounder from Philadelphia 76ers (Arnett Moultrie, Joel Anthony).
  • 2016 — Owed second-rounder from Miami HEAT (Joel Anthony).
  • 2016 — Owed second-rounder from Cleveland Cavaliers (Keith Bogans).
  • 2016 — Owed second-rounder from Dallas Mavericks (Rajon Rondo).  Pick could be from Memphis Grizzlies, better pick between Dallas and Memphis goes to Boston.
  • 2016 — Owe second-rounder to Memphis Grizzlies (Jerryd Bayless).  Pick could go to Utah Jazz (Jarnell Stokes).
  • 2017 — Owed first-rounder (top-10 protected, top-12 in 2018, top-eight in 2019, top-six in 2010 and unprotected in 2021) from Memphis Grizzlies (Jeff Green).
  • 2017 — Right to swap first-rounders with the Brooklyn Nets (Kevin Garnett)
  • 2017 — Owed second-rounder from Los Angeles Clippers (Austin Rivers).
  • 2017 — Owed second-rounder from Cleveland Cavaliers (Keith Bogans).
  • 2017 — Owe second-rounder to Brooklyn Nets (Kevin Garnett), if in 46-60 range and Boston swaps its first-rounder swapped with Brooklyn.
  • 2018 — Owed first-rounder from Brooklyn Nets (Kevin Garnett).

Cash Paid ($3.3 million max): $0

Cash Received ($3.3 million max): $1,319,236 from Memphis Grizzlies (Jeff Green)


Cap Holds

To maximize cap room to sign, the following cap holds would need to be renounced, except for Jerebko who is reportedly re-signing.

Brandon Bass $10,350,000 (Full Bird rights)
Luigi Datome $2,275,000 (Early Bird rights)
Jonas Jerebko $8,550,000 (Full Bird rights)

The Celtics have millions in cap holds for players who were not in the league last season, including Shaquille O’Neal, P.J. Brown, Nenad Krstic, Chris Wilcox, Carlos Arroyo, Michael Finley, Scot Pollard, Stephon Marbury, Michael Olowokandi, Dana Barros, Mark Bryant, Roshown McLeod and Grant Long. Renouncing those players to remove the hold is strictly a clerical process.

For notes on some of the rules and an explanation of cap holds, please refer to the following Salary Notes.

Salary and team data changes quite often. If you notice a discrepancy, please notify Basketball Insiders Senior Writer Eric Pincus.

(Updated on 7/1/15)