Several teams are expected to continue to pursue Irving via trade, but his opt-in makes clubs consider more closely whether to trade assets in a deal for a player who will enter unrestricted free agency in 2023. Teams across the league understand Irving’s talent, and now a full season in 2022-23 allows him the opportunity to prove himself once again, then return to the market and earn a maximum contract next summer. Multiple sources with knowledge of his decision said Irving wants to prioritize winning a championship next season and show why he’s one of the best players in the league.
August 15, 2022 | 3:10 pm EDT Update
“We can win this thing, possibly,” Wyc Grousbeck told WBZ’s Dan Roche. “We have a chance to contend. That’s their words. They’re burning with a desire to make it come true.” The Celtics are going all-in on the roster, and that includes ownership as the payroll enters the luxury tax.
There are still some pieces that need to be filled — mostly the Celtics’ open roster spots — but Boston’s rotation is firmly set with Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari having their roles as contributors. “We think our roster right now is a strongly contending team,” Grousbeck said. “Ime loves the group, Brad loves the group, I love the group. Then the group is very cohesive.”
Sam Merrill signed a two-year, $3.71M contract with the Sacramento Kings. He’ll make $1.84M in 2022-23 and $2.00M in 2023-24. The first year of his contract is partially guaranteed for $150,000 while his second year is fully non-guaranteed.
August 15, 2022 | 2:53 pm EDT Update
After Princeton, Carril served as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings for 10 years until his retirement in 2006. Carril would later return three years later as an assistant coach with the Kings for one season in ’07 before retiring for good.