San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Celtics ‘Intrigued’ by Dewayne Dedmon

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Dewayne Dedmon
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Dewayne Dedmon /

Former San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon could be a target for a powerhouse of the Eastern Conference.

The San Antonio Spurs re-signed just one of their own free agents, point guard Patty Mills, to a four-year, $50 million deal. Others remain, like David Lee, Pau Gasol and Jonathon Simmons.

Another player is Dewayne Dedmon. He opted out of the final year of his contract with the Spurs, after playing one season there for just under $3 million.

So far, Dedmon remains unsigned. However, one of the top teams from the Eastern Conference may have interest in him. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reported how the Boston Celtics were “intrigued” by Dedmon, at the Utah Summer League. The Celtics and Spurs were part of this Summer League.

Last few days in Utah, kept hearing how #Celtics were intrigued by #Spurs free agent Dewayne Dedmon…wonder if the interest is mutual

— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 7, 2017

If Dedmon shares interest with the Celtics, he would join the team’s revamped look. They signed Gordon Hayward on July 4 and traded Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons. Along with them, Kelly Olynyk left for the Miami Heat. Jayson Tatum was also selected at No. 3 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. So despite the Celtics having the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, they’ll be far from the same team.

In the 2016-17 season, Dedmon played a backup center role for the Spurs. However, he started 37 of the 76 games he played, averaging 5.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.

In a starter role, Dedmon would get the chance to capitalize on these numbers. He averaged a double-double in his Per 36 Minutes statistics, so the potential is there for a low-cost, productive player for the Celtics, with however much money will remain after their flurry of offseason moves.

The Spurs could still sign Dedmon, but six days into the offseason, there hasn’t been a report to indicate this. Does that mean nothing is going on behind the scenes?

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Where will Dedmon go? Will the Spurs bring him back?