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Danny Ainge can't let Tacko Fall get away

With Tacko Fall's agent pushing for a standard NBA contract for his client, Celtics boss, Danny Ainge, needs to be cautious in his dealings with the Green Giant lest he get away and become a dominant big man for a rival team. Celtics Training Camp is now underway, and Fall is already learning how to bump and grind with his fellow-bigs, Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier.


Tacko is currently signed to an Exhibit 10 contract, and there are several possible avenues he can follow at the completion of Training Camp:

Accept a $50,000.00 bonus and go with the G-League Maine Red Claws

This is most-likely Danny Ainge's wish for the rookie. It would give Tacko a chance to show what he can do against lesser competition and give the raw rookie some experience without the threat of possible humiliation at the NBA level.

Accept a two-way Celtics Contract

The Celtics have already reached the 2-man limit for 2-way players with Tremont Waters and Max Strus filling those slots. Danny would have to waive either Strus or Waters or move one of them up to take the 15th standard roster slot. This would constitute a middle ground that could possibly be agreeable to both Ainge and Tacko's agent.

Sign Fall to the 15th-and-final roster spot

This is apparently what Tacko and his agent are seeking, and this could happen if Fall's performance in Training Camp shows he is ready to fill that final roster slot on a standard NBA contract.


The best solution often lies between the two extremes. If Tacko doesn't make the Celtics roster and is therefore waived, other teams may swoop in to take a shot with him. A two-way contract for Tacko, with Waters being elevated to the 15th Celtics roster spot may be the best way to satisfy all parties. I like what I see with Waters, and despite what he lacks in size, his NBA skills are there.

Tacko is more than just a super-long big. He moves very well for a 7'7", 310-pound giant and could be useful immediately at the NBA level as a situational end-of-bench guy. He needs seasoning to smooth the rawness, but at the same time, Ainge needs to be cautious and clever with his handling of the Green Giant's future with Boston. Danny will be paying a lot of attention to his play at Training Camp.

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  1. Since Waters needs to play to develop point guard skills that are based on experience and could dominate the G-League, while Strus is a useful spot-up shooter who can sit on the bench and then be inserted into a situation where Brad needs need 3 points, I expect Tacko to get Strus's two-way when Strus is added. I believe Tacko's PR value and his attitude have already earned him a spot, and that Green, who has promise and plays hard, will get a chance with another team. I believe it is in Tacko's interests to get a chance to get a lot of minutes in the G-League, rather than be on the 15-man roster, and I hope that he and his agent will see it that way, rather than look at a full roster-spot as a symbolic goal.

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    1. Tacko's PR value (and locker room value) is your best point. He is quite a likable character. The 2-way for Tacko gives Brad a chance to see how he handles time in the Big League.

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