In late May, I mentioned that, despite a promising rookie year, former Pitt guard Brad Wanamaker’s NBA situation was entirely unclear. With free agency sorting itself out in the past few days, though, Wanamaker is set to return to the Boston Celtics on a one-year deal.
The main thing working in Wanamaker’s return is that Boston lost both star guard Kyrie Irving and backup Terry Rozier. The team did go on to add Kemba Walker but the departures of Irving/Rozier freed up a little bit of space for Wanamaker.
Wanamaker didn’t star last year and he isn’t likely to do so again — last season, he averaged only 3.9 points per contest. But that came in less than ten minutes per contest and more opportunity, should he have it, would likely mean a higher output.
Plus, with Walker and Marcus Smart ahead of him on the depth chart, he looks very much like the third man up. An injury or even foul trouble during games with either one of those guys could mean Wanamaker sees some significant time.