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NBA Rumors: Kelly Olynyk to become a free agent next year? Celtics taking a wait and see approach with the Canadian bigman

Kelly Olynyk is a 25-year-old player from Canada. He plays for the Boston Celtics in the NBA. However, he may be suiting up for a different team next season.

According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Kelly Olynyk is eligible to sign a long-term deal before the Oct. 30 deadline but the Celtics are likely to wait until next summer to determine whether to invest in him long term.

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The reason for the Celtics taking a wait and see approach for the big is that he just had a shoulder surgery. Olynyk needs to show to the Boston management that he is deserving of an extension for the team. Kelly needs to have a much-improved next season so that the Celtics would not hesitate to re-sign him.

Before Olynyk’s injury last season, he was averaging 10.14 points per game in just around 20 minutes of play. But his playing time has dipped when his injury bothered him in the postseason. He only averaged just 8 minutes in the four games he played against the Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs. The Hawks has beaten the Celtics in six games.

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Olynyk represents Canada as a member of the Men’s national basketball team. He last played for the Canadian basketball team last year in the 2015 FIBA Americas.

As a third-year pro in the NBA, Kelly currently has career averages of 9.6 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game, 0.7 steals per game and 0.5 blocks per game. He is also fine in the three-point territory in which he has a career average of 37.3% from deep.

The Canadian would surely work hard this off-season in hopes of staying with Boston next season.

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