I think Ainge, Mike Zarren and Wyc have done a magnificent job in a covid world. And I did feel that Gordon Hayward was due to continue to have lower body issues. The nerve issues on the left side were not as concerning as someone who sprains his right ankle twice, his right knee, his (I believe) right calf. That type of history suggests something more serious. And even though Hayward was right handed, the fact that he re-broke the same bone in his left hand as in 2016 is also cause for concern. To gain possession of a ball there is a lot of hand smacking in traffic if you are holding the ball. So, that was another risk with Gordon.
132,627,000 = luxury tax threshold
109,140,000 = salary cap
34,379,100 Kemba Walker
23,883,920 Jaylen Brown
13,446,428 Marcus Smart
9,897,120 Jayson Tatum
9,258,000 Tristan Thompson (assumes they used Full Non-Taxpayer MLE)
5,000,000 Daniel Theis
3,631,200 Romeo Langford
3,623,000Jeff Teague (possibly Bi-Annual Exception)
3,458,400 Aaron Nesmith
2,498,760 Grant Williams
2,035,800 Peyton Pritchard
2,029,800 Robert Williams III
1,752,950 Semi Ojeleye
1,517,981 Carsen Edwards
1,517,981 Javonte Green (unguaranteed until well into the season)
1,039,080 Guerschon Yabusele (waived)
92,817 Demetrius Jackson (waived)
The above 15 players total is 119,062,337. No where near the lux tax. They actually get their proportional payment from the lux tax paying teams.
Looks like Tremont Williams and Tacko Fall, who received qualifying offers, will remain 2-way players unless someone gets traded or Green is released before his guarantee date, which in a normal season starting around Nov. 1 would be like Jan. 10.
The rotation looks like (if you disagree, please comment): I think that Nesmith will let Brown get some time in at the SG spot. Third stringers (reserves) normally never play unless a starter or backup is out. I thought Theis and Williams III were better than Thompson. It will be interesting who the starting center is on opening night. Tristan Thompson's 9.2 Million is way more than a backup or reserve normally get. You would almost think that they intend to start Thompson. However, I'd like to see him prove his worth, first. That's why I list him behind Theis and Williams III.
PG: Kemba Walker / Jeff Teague / Payton Pritchard
SG: Marcus Smart / Javonte Green / Romeo Langford / Carsen Edwards
SF: Jaylen Brown / Aaron Nesmith / Romeo Langford
PF: Jayson Tatum / Grant Williams / Semi Ojeleye
C: Daniel Theis / Robert Williams III / Tristan Thompson