Kelly Olynyk, a 7-footer capable of spreading the floor, was picked up by the Heat for the 2017-18 season after the Celtics were more or less forced to let him walk after the signing of Gordon Hayward. He's shown promise though his first four years in the league and ended up averaging 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 20.5 minutes per game last season. While his three-point percentage has fluctuated year-by-year since entering the league, Olynyk has become a more efficient scorer overall, raising his true shooting percentage each year through better shot selection. He's capable of playing both power forward and center, though has trouble keeping up with the faster forwards in the league off the dribble, leading him to play more center. As a result, he'll likely spend the majority of his minutes backing up starting center Hassan Whiteside -- who garnered 32.6 minutes per game last season -- and fill in at power forward here and there. Due to the Heat's frontcourt makeup, it seems doubtful that Olynyk will see a massive jump in workload, but a sixth-man role doesn't seem out of the question. For that reason, Olynyk's Fantasy stock is likely on the rise.
Olynyk has reached an agreement to join the Heat on a four-year, $50-plus million contract, which has a player option in the fourth year, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. After the Celtics signed Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million deal, the team renounced the rights to Olynyk in order to free up cap space. Last season, Olynyk averaged 9.0 points (51.2 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three), 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 20.5 minutes per game. Depending on how the Heat's roster ends up shaking out, he could crack almost 30 minutes per night, but could also end up regulated to a sixth man role. Overall, it seems likely he'll see more time on the floor in Miami than he did in Boston, probably boosting his fantasy value.
Olynyk had his rights renounced by the Celtics and he's now an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports. With the Celtics signing Gordon Hayward to hefty four-year, $128 million deal, they'll have to free up some cap space, which means they'll be unable to retain Olynyk. An athletic seven-footer that can shoot the ball from deep, Olynyk will see plenty of interest on the open free agent market, so he should be able to command a significant upgrade in pay compared to the $3 million he made last season. Olynyk is coming off a 2016-17 campaign with the Celtics where he averaged 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 20.5 minutes per contest.
Olynyk will enter the starting five for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. Amir Johnson is expected to miss Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury, so coach Brad Stevens has opted to go with Olynyk as his replacement in the top unit. Olynyk has averaged just 15.7 minutes over the first three games of the series, but should push for a much bigger role during Game 4. Jonas Jerebko also figures to see an uptick in minutes in the frontcourt off the bench.
Olynyk banged out 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, and two assists from 23 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland. The Clynyk was a big part of the second half rotations that helped Boston eliminate a 21-point third quarter deficit. With Isaiah Thomas out, coach Brad Stevens probably prefers Olynyk's offensive skill set relative to Amir Johnson's gritty defense. Johnson also suffered a shoulder strain during Game 3. Look for Olynyk to again play 20-plus minutes during Tuesday night's Game 4 in Cleveland.
Olynyk scored 26 points (10-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT) with five rebounds and four assists across 28 minutes in a 115-105 Game 7 win over the Wizards on Monday. Olynyk came off the bench and played the game of his life to help the Celtics topple the Wizards in Game 7. In fact the Boston big man outscored the entire Washington bench by 20 points by himself, which is both a testament to his play and an indictment on the Wizards' depth. The Clynyk's 26 points equaled his total from the previous three games combined and tied his highest point total of the season. Olynyk shot 62.2 percent for the series and the Celtics' will need for that efficiency to continue if they hope to challenge LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals starting Wednesday.
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