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Daniel Theis' non-guaranteed contract for next season heading for full guarantee

Celtics fans sometimes forget that Daniel Theis, prior to coming to Boston, was a 3-time German League Champion, 1-time Best Defender and 4-time All-Star. He is only in his third season in the NBA and just keeps getting better.


In a mere 18 minutes of action in the Celtics 119-95 win over the Grizzlies last night, Theis notched 14 points on 5-of-7 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 on 3-pointers. He also racked up four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Daniel has become a legitimate rim protector and 3-point threat. And he averages only 0.8 turnovers per game for the season.

Over the last 10 games, he is shooting 59% from the field and 42% beyond the arc. Those numbers rise to 70% and 50%, respectively, over the last five games. Theis earns $5 million this season and the same amount in 2020-21, with the second year being non-guaranteed.


If Daniel continues his recent level of play, Danny Ainge will certainly keep him in the fold - and probably negotiate a longer, and better, deal. The Celtics have until July 2, 2020 to either waive Theis or fully guarantee his $5 million for next season. At this juncture, it looks like he will stick. Where else will The Green find such a mobile defender and rim protector that can score in close and from distance with such regularity and take such great care of the ball? And for a mere $5 million per season.

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