Yesterday I was thinking of what the Celtics need. Not what they need to earn the 1 seed. Not what they need to beat Cleveland in the ECF. And, not what they need to win the 2017 NBA Finals. Just someone that can keep them competitive during the season and make winning games easier for them. It does not have to be a superstar addition that every single fan (including myself) desires each year. I am basically looking to trade for a role player that will play 10-20 minutes per game, with maximal impact in limited time. Somebody that does not require a ton of cap space being committed to them, because you know today teams are paying scrubs millions. I think I have found the answer. And the answer is…


For those of you that do not know who Boban is, he is a 7’3 290 lb. big man that recently left San Antonio and signed a three-year, $21 million contract with Detroit this past off season. He is VERY skilled for his size. Boban was awesome when he played with San Antonio under Pop. He finished top three in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) because Pop knew how to use him. Granted he only played nine minutes per game, but he was VERY effective with his little time on the court.

The fact of the matter is Detroit does not even use him. Maybe this is because Detroit does not know how to use him. Or maybe it is because he is so big and heavy that he just cannot stay on the court long enough for Detroit to use him. He has played 16 of 39 games, averaging just six minutes per game. He is still very effective in those minutes, posting a 22.79 PER. Boban’s potential is limited in Detroit because he will always be the third option at center behind Drummond and Baynes. If he came to Boston I believe that Brad Stevens could impact his game the way that Pop did.


Detroit Gets: Tyler Zeller, 2nd round pick

Boston Gets: Boban Marjanovic


  1. Tyler Zeller does not play anymore. He stinks.
  2. Celtics lack size and rebounding ability. Currently 29th in Defensive Rebound Rate and Total Rebound Rate. Boban will have an impact on that.
  3. Boban is under contract for two more years after this season and has a cap hit of only $7 million (estimated 6.9% of cap) in ’17-’18 and $7 million (estimated 6.5% of cap) in ’18-’19. You cannot think of this as the number of dollars he is making. You have to start thinking of this as the percentage of cap that is committed to him. Remember the salary cap is going to continue rising. $7 million in ’17-’18 is the same as $4.5 million in ’15-’16.


  1. They receive a 2nd round pick for somebody that barely plays for them.
  2. Tyler Zeller essentially has an expiring contract which is very valuable in the NBA. His ’17-’18 salary is non-guaranteed if waived before July 1st, 2017. So they can free up $7 million in cap space each of the next two years if they do this trade.

All in all, this will probably never happen and I am sure (I hope) that Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens have a better plan than I do when it comes to things like this. The trade deadline is February 23rd at 3:00 PM ET and I do expect the Celtics to make some moves this year. But, just for fun, here are some Boban highlights that may make you excited. Also, I calculated his per 36 minute numbers from last year and this year. Wow.

2016 per 36 minutes stats: 21 points, 13.7 rebounds, 76% FT

2017 per 36 minutes stats (as of 1/9/17): 18.4 points, 16.5 rebounds, 73% FT


P.S. I am a new writer for Celtics Extra. This is my first post so let me know what you liked or did not like about this so I can work on it for next time. Follow me on twitter @celticscap for all the information you need on the Celtics cap information.