Boston Celtics Rumors
Several league sources have indicated that second-year guard R.J. Hunter, third-year forward James Young, 27-year-old wing John Holland, and rookie forward Ben Bentil will compete for the last roster spot. Young and Hunter have guaranteed deals, Bentil has a partial guarantee, and Holland is nonguaranteed.
Bleacher Report: Are you at all concerned about Turner’s departure, or do you see Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown being able to replace a lot of what he did? Isaiah Thomas: We’re going to miss Evan. He’s a guy who can not only make a play for himself, but a play for his teammates. When we played together, I played off the ball and let him make plays. We’re definitely going to miss that, but [his exit] is an opportunity someone else can take advantage of. I know Marcus Smart is going to be ready and is working hard. Another guy, my guy, Terry Rozier, is going to surprise people. I think he’s ready to make an impact. And then there’s Jaylen Brown. He’s going to be as ready as he has to be, and he’s going to help us wherever he can fit in. I’m excited at the opportunity to be competing with these guys. I’m excited to see who’s gotten better and what guys have worked on.
Bleacher Report: Was Jae Crowder actually disappointed or kidding about you guys divulging too many basketball trade secrets during the meeting with Kevin Durant? Isaiah Thomas: I honestly don’t know who he was talking to, but hopefully he was joking. Knowing Jae, he’s a competitor. Little things like that could have made him upset. If it did, I know he’s working and getting better this offseason to show the world how he’s improved.