Sam Amick reports that the Nets, along with the Pacers, Kings and Jazz are all interested in Kelly Olynyk, the 7-foot Canadian who became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday.
Tweeted Amick, the USA Today writer...
Lots of interest for Kelly Olynyk, I'm told, with Nets, Pacers, Kings, Jazz coming on strong. Pacers are trying to shed salary to land him— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 5, 2017
Whether the Nets’ prominence in Amick’s list indicates the Nets are most interested was not disclosed, but Olynyk’s deep shooting could indeed be attractive to Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson.
Olynyk played 75 games for Boston last season, seven of them starts, averaging 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 51.2 percent overall and 35.4 from deep in 20 minutes per game. In his four year career with the Celtics, he’s been remarkably consistent, never dropping below 35 percent from beyond the arc.
The 26-year-old Gonzaga product had been a restricted free agent until the Celtics until Gordon Hayward agreed to sign in Beantown. To make the Hayward deal work, the Celtics had to make several moves, renouncing Olynyk being the most prominent so far.
The unanswered question is whether the Nets think of Olynyk as part of Plan B if Washington matches on Otto Porter ... if there’s a way they can sign both.
In May, Olynyk scored 12 of his career-playoff-high 26 points during a three-and-a-half-minute stretch of the fourth quarter as the Celtics emerged with a 115-105 triumph over the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.