The Boston Celtics entered the third day of Free Agency with question marks around its frontcourt following the departures of Al Horford and Aron Baynes. However, the Celtics have provided a few answers today with two quality signings after landing Enes Kanter on Monday.
French center Vincent Poirier agreed to a two-year contract to begin his NBA journey in Boston earlier Tuesday. Shortly after that, it was announced that Daniel Theis would be returning to the C's, also on a two-year deal.
Restricted free agent F/C Daniel Theis has agreed to a two-year, $10M deal to stay with the Boston Celtics, CAA agents Michael Tellem and Aaron Mintz tell ESPN.
Essentially, the Celtics just went from having two centers on the roster in Kanter and Robert Williams to four on the roster. Theis will be a valuable piece for head coach Brad Stevens with his ability to stretch the floor (38.8% from deep in 2018-19) as a center and power forward. Plus, the contract he just received makes the Kanter signing look like even more of a steal.
Could Daniel Theis take a step forward in 2019?
The Germany native has spent much of his first two seasons in Boston as a reserve but he has a chance to become a prominent part of the rotation in 2019. While he'll never be a double-double machine, Theis is a solid player on both ends of the floor. The minutes in the frontcourt are wide open for the taking and it remains to be seen which bigs will make the most of the opportunity in front of them.
Theis could also be dealt at the trade deadline in a move to acquire a star or quality role player depending on what shakes out. With Danny Ainge at the head of the table, all bets are off.