Monday is the NBA’s deadline for teams to decide on rookie contract options. The Celtics are expected to exercise all four options at their disposal, according to multiple reports.
For Romeo Langford and Grant Williams, this is the second rookie option in their deals, and it sets up the fourth and final year of their rookie contracts next season. The 14th and 22nd picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, Langford will earn $5.6 million next season and Williams will make $4.3 million. Langford’s option was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and Williams’ by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
2020 draft picks Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard both had the first of their two options picked up as well. They’ll go through the process again next year. Nesmith, the 14th overall pick, will make $3.8 million next year and Pritchard, who went 26th overall, will make $2.2 million. Both moves were first reported by Brian Robb of MassLive.
With those options now locked in, the Celtics have 11 players under contract for next season. Al Horford has a partial out in his contract with $14.5 million of his $26.5 million guaranteed, and Juancho Hernangomez has a full out that would save the team $7.5 million.
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