Johnson is leaving already. Young’s fate was sealed when the Celtics did not pick up his 4th year Rookie Scale team option. Olynyk and Jerebko will certainly sting, but it is a necessary evil to clear space for Hayward. Olynyk will receive a big offer as an unrestricted free agent, but Jerebko could potentially return for the Room Exception, which Boston will have when they drop under the cap.
But those moves alone aren’t enough. There are several combinations as to how Boston can clear enough space, but the most realistic involves some simple moves and some more difficult ones. They’ll waive Jordan Mickey and his non-guaranteed contract. The second is to reach an agreement with Guerschon Yabusele, drafted in 2016, to not sign for the 2017-18 season. Boston will stash him overseas once again and re-group with him in 2018.
A number of times, Ball got lost on screens or beat off the dribble by Clippers point guard Kendall Marshall, who isn’t exactly the fleetest of foot. On one play, Ball found himself down low battling Brice Johnson, which led to an easy dunk. It was an ugly play.
Then again, Ball is a one-and-done rookie defending a four-year NBA veteran in Marshall, and went out of his position trying to match up with Johnson on a switch.
Players don’t typically reach a league-average level of play until their third of fourth year in the league. Defensively, it’s toughest for guards to adjust to the new speed of the game. This was Ball’s first pro game, after all.
Three of his missed threes came with the shot clock about to expire. A Cheap Qld NBA Jerseys handful were open shots that didn’t go down like we’re accustomed to seeing from his year at UCLA, where he shot 41 percent from downtown, lots of which were deep threes. OK, he also forced up a few bad Cheap Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys shots. Looks like an average viewing of a rookie’s lowlights tape.