Boston Celtics Rumor: Qualifying Offer Extended To Kelly Olynyk
Just when it looked like the Boston Celtics were moving on from Kelly Olynyk, the door cracks back open.
The C’s have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Olynyk, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, making the 26-year-old a restricted free agent. As a restricted free agent, the Celtics can match any offer for Olynyk. They can also rescind the offer at any time as long as Olynyk doesn’t accept the offer first.
Until the Celtics renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap for next season. The chances of him receiving an offer above that are great considering a player of his stature in today’s NBA will receive anywhere from $10 to $15 million per year.
Olynyk averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season and had a legendary 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.
This Himmelsbach report rebukes the report put out by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski earlier in the week.
Sources: Boston's pursuit of cap space makes it increasingly likely Kelly Olynyk becomes unrestricted free agent. He'll have strong market. https://t.co/b0eHvnjIIj
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 27, 2017
Ultimately though the feeling is if Olynyk gets the above-mentioned range, then he is likely gone.