Carsen Edwards has continued his hot shooting from the NCAA Tournament by turning it on big time in the NBA Summer League in Vegas for the Boston Celtics. In four games he is averaging 18 points per game in 23 minutes while shooting 52% from the floor. He has been on fire from three as Boston is one of three teams that is 4-0. That hard work has paid off as Edwards, the No. 33 overall pick, got himself a guaranteed contract today:
According to a league source the Celtics and 2nd round pick Carsen Edwards have come to terms on a guaranteed contract.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 13, 2019
Over $4.5 million in guaranteed salary over the course of the deal for Edwards, per source.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 13, 2019
Himmelsbach went on to say that it is a four-year deal, and that is critical since second round picks do not automatically get guaranteed contracts. For example: Vincent Edwards only got a two-year contract last season with the Rockets and made just $77,250 in only two games with the Houston Rockets as a second round pick, but he was part of the G-League championship, spending most of the season there.
Caleb Swanigan is entering the final year of his original 3-year deal and will make $2,033,160 this coming season with the Sacramento Kings. It needs to be a breakout year for him, however, as it is his final year before the Kings would have to take a club option on him next year. Since he has only played in 48 games over the last two years, spending the rest of the time in the G-League, this is a critical offseason for him.
Carsen’s deal is probably closer to what E’Twaun Moore had with the Celtics. At the time, Boston had Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett taking up a huge amount of cap space, so Moore, as the 55th overall pick, was a handy way to fill a roster spot without having to pay much. E’Twaun made $381,193 in year one and didn’t pass the million dollar threshold until year 5 in the league.
Overall this is excellent news for Carsen, as it means Boston really has some plans for the future with him.