The Boston Celtics have added one other defensive-minded wing to their roster. Based on The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Celtics have “agreed to a cope with Lamar Stevens,” nevertheless, particulars of the deal are but to be introduced. Stevens had been an unrestricted free agent following the expiration of his four-year cope with Cleveland.
Free agent G/F Lamar Stevens has agreed to a cope with the Boston Celtics, sources inform @TheAthletic @Stadium. Stevens established himself as a defensive presence for the Cavs, beginning in 25 of 62 video games final season. Agent Scott Nichols accomplished cope with Celtics officers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2023
Assuming Stevens has signed a full NBA contract (moderately than an Exhibit 10), he’ll take the fifteenth and ultimate roster spot, thus finalizing the crew heading into coaching camp. It’s price noting that Luke Kornet, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, and Dalano Banton are all partially assured, with their offers turning into absolutely assured on January 10.
Stevens performed in 62 regular-season video games for the Cavaliers final season, averaging 5.3 factors and three.3 rebounds per contest. The 6’6’’ wing has developed a status for being a defensive drive. Nonetheless, Stevens isn’t a lot of an offensive menace, averaging 61% on the rim, 39% from mid-range, and 33% from deep, per Cleansing The Glass.
The Celtics have now added three new defensive-minded wing gamers over the summer season, with Jordan Walsh and Oshae Brissett additionally becoming a member of the roster. Dalano Banton can also be extra of a defensive-upside venture participant, though he’s technically listed as a degree guard.
As (doubtlessly) the fifteenth man on the roster, Stevens just isn’t assured a job inside the Celtics rotation; nevertheless, following the departure of Marcus Sensible this summer season, bringing in a hard-nosed defender who creates havoc along with his intense playstyle is sensible.
After a season the place Joe Mazzulla put the crew’s concentrate on the offensive finish, Brad Stevens has retooled the Celtics with quite a few stingy defenders, in what could possibly be a sign of the Celtics returning to their defensive id for the upcoming season.
Boston has additionally added to their teaching workers this summer season, bringing in Sam Cassell and Charles Lee to assist present Mazzulla with some contemporary and skilled voices on the sidelines.
Coaching camp is scheduled to start on October 2, with Boston’s opening preseason sport scheduled for October 8 in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers.