Safe to say that the Celtics have an awful lot invested in Kristaps Porzingis.
And that’s before the Latvian big has even played a game for the club.
Acquired from the Wizards just before the official start of the NBA offseason, the Celtics parted with heart-and-soul guard Marcus Smart to help bring Porzingis to Boston. That alone was a strong deviation from the original trade plans, which called for the Celtics to part with the injured Malcolm Brogdon in the trade.
The Celtics then hammered out a two-year, $60 million extension with Porzingis, who came to Boston with just one year remaining on his current contract. That alone was the C’s making a heavy investment, and in a definite win-now window with the upcoming tax tightness coming for the team with the Jaylen Brown supermax contract and inevitable Jayson Tatum supermax contract around the corner.