2019 NBA free agency tracker: Grades for every deal so far

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Daniel Theis: 2 years, $10 million (Boston Celtics)

The Boston Celtics continue to shore up the frontcourt in cost-effective ways, though they’re still going to really struggle with completely filling the Al Horford void. Power forward Daniel Theis will be returning, and like Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier, he’ll come on an affordable deal.

While Kanter was already given the room exception, Theis’ Early Bird Rights will be used to re-sign him. It’s a quality depth move for the 27-year-old who’s been with the team for the last two seasons, averaging 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in his 14.3 minutes per game.

Theis doesn’t see a ton of action, but he made an encouraging step (more like leap) forward with his 3-point efficiency, going from 31 percent in his NBA rookie year to 38.8 percent last season. That conversion rate came on only one attempt per game, but he’s another body down low who can also run pick-and-pops. At the very least, he bolsters Boston’s shaky frontcourt depth chart.

Grade: B