Boston Celtics

  • With new addition Danilo Gallinari’s 2022-23 over before it even began, there seemed to be an obvious and immediate opening for veteran scorer and current free agent Carmelo Anthony to join the Celtics.

    In fact, some around the league believed that to be the case. The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn said that the idea of the Celtics signing Anthony was “gaining traction” around the league. But according to the latest update from MassLive’s Brian Robb (B-Robb if you nasty), it doesn’t appear that a team-up between Melo and the Celtics is anything close to around the corner.

    “Multiple league sources tell MassLive that the Celtics are not expected to have interest in bringing in the veteran for a signing ahead of training camp,” Robb wrote. “That’s not to say the team is done shaping the roster ahead of the preseason but Anthony isn’t a priority at this point at names that could be brought in. Boston likes a lot of their internal replacement options from what I’ve heard and want to give those names the first crack at minutes.”

    Ah, well, there’s that.

  • DALLAS, TX - MARCH 29: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball as Dwight Powell #7 of the Dallas Mavericks defends in the second half at American Airlines Center on March 29, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks won 128-110. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

    DALLAS, TX – MARCH 29: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball as Dwight Powell #7 of the Dallas Mavericks defends in the second half at American Airlines Center on March 29, 2022. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

  • In Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers last year, the 38-year-old Anthony averaged 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, along with a 44.1 field goal percentage, in 69 contests.

    Anthony was in a definite ‘roleplayer’ situation for the Lakers, too, with 25:59 of action per night and just three starts for what was an undoubtedly flawed and embattled L.A. squad.

    The Lakers knew what they were getting in Anthony, and basically turned to the former 10-time All-Star for off the bench pop scoring and almost nothing on the defensive end of things.

    In other words, it felt a lot like Anthony to the Celtics just made the most sense given what was going to be expected out of the 34-year-old Gallinari upon his move from Atlanta to Boston.

  • PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 05: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on April 05, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA – APRIL 05: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on April 05, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • And this was a role that’s certainly become familiar to ‘Melo, as he was a roleplayer for the Blazers in 2020-21 and put up similar numbers. And considering that he’s still unsigned with the opening of NBA training camps just days away at this point, it was to be expected that any contract signed by Anthony, who is still in pursuit of his first NBA championship, was going to be in a non-starter role.

    So, it’s not as if the Celtics are not interested in Anthony because of what it means when you sign him. It’s just that they’re looking at their internal options first.

    But who does that group include?

  • Mar 21, 2022; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Boston Celtics forward Sam Hauser (30) attempts a three-point shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Tre Mann (23) during the second half at Paycom Center. Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 21, 2022; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Celtics forward Sam Hauser (30) attempts a three-point shot over Thunder guard Tre Mann (23) during the second half at Paycom Center. (Rob Ferguson/USA TODAY Sports)

  • The Celtics’ frontcourt has a known bench option — at least if we go off his 2021-22 usage — with Grant Williams. A third-year pro a year ago, the 6-foot-6 Williams contributed 7.8 points per game a year ago while averaging nearly 24 and a half minutes per night, and excelled in the three-point game with a 41.1 percentage from beyond the arc. But scoring from Williams always appears to be feast or famine, and given his defensive responsibilities, looking at him as your Gallinari replacement doesn’t really add up.

    But another name that comes to mind: Sam Hauser.

    Originally brought into the fold as a two-way signing, Hauser certainly maximized his on-floor time last year with 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per night in 6.1 minutes per game over a 26-game run. It wasn’t a huge sample size, obviously, but there the conversion rates were certainly noteworthy, as Hauser shot 46.0 percent from the field (and 43.2 percent from three-point range) at the NBA level.

    It was enough for the Celtics to ink Hauser to a three-year, $6 million extension earlier this year.

  • Jul 9, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boston Celtics forward Sam Hauser (30) dribbles ahead of Miami Heat guard Jamaree Bouyea (52) during an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports

    Jul 9, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boston Celtics forward Sam Hauser (30) dribbles ahead of Miami Heat guard Jamaree Bouyea (52) during an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavilion. Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

    The idea of rolling with Hauser and seeing if he’s fully NBA-ready is a gamble that the Celtics can afford to make. The opening of their 2022-23 schedule is rather soft, which should mean more minutes for those looking to stick or make a higher impact than they did a year ago.

    But the Celtics have also loaded up on former first-round picks for training camp, with a group of camp invites that includes 2016 first-round pick (No. 14 overall) Denzel Valentine2014 first-round picks Noah Vonleh (No. 9 overall) and Bruno Caboclo (No. 30 overall), and 2019 first-round pick Mfiondu Kabengele (No. 27 overall).

    And if all those guys fail, well, they’ll just have to hope that Melo’s still waiting by the phone.