Should the Boston Celtics try to use their $17.1 million traded player exception to bring back Kelly Olynyk?

The Boston Celtics are looking for talent to add to their team in order to make it back to the NBA Finals for a second straight season as they hope to capitalize on such a repeated feat to propel them into the Able to win the legendary franchise 18th banner.

Armed with a $17.1 million Traded Player Exception (TPE) generated by signing-and-trading veteran wing Evan Fournier to the New York Knicks, which can absorb a player’s salary plus $100,000 , with no salary to be sent back, the team is seeking help up front, on the wing and with the ball.

And among the many assessments of which player might be the best fit for such a resource, a familiar face is a number of good reasons for the Celtics to bring him back.

That familiar face is none other than big man Kelly Olynyk, whom Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey thinks is a solid option for Boston’s big TPE.

“Assuming they guarantee Al Horford’s $26.5 million salary for 2022-23, the Boston Celtics will return every key rotation player from the team that just made the NBA Finals,” suggests Bailey.

“And this group is already one of the deepest and most balanced in the league.”

If there are two spots they could secure with a $17.2 million trade exception, it could be Backup Point Guard or Backup 5 (roles currently filled by Payton Pritchard and Daniel Theis),” adds he added.

“Kelly Olynyk is a good way to go about choosing one of these boxes. He is set to earn $12.8 million next season (fits into this trade exception), is currently on a team that should put more responsibility on the young core and is one of the league’s most underrated playmakers.”

“Over his career, Olynyk has averaged 3.5 assists, 2.0 threes and 2.0 offensive rebounds per 75 possessions,” writes Bailey. “Nobody in the history of the league has equaled or exceeded all three marks.”

The B/R writer makes compelling arguments for the fit, and the narrative surrounding such a reunion would be almost cinematic for fans who remember the Kamloops native faced the Washington Wizards in the playoffs not so long ago .

It’s unclear if Detroit values ​​its production as part of their future core, but with Marvin Bagley and Isaiah Stewart already under contract and with a tremendous amount of cap space ahead of free agency in 2022, the Celtics would be wise to look to the former Boston inquire about the great man’s availability.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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