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Israeli point guard and Boston Celtics conscript Yam Madar throws a pass during a game against Argentina.
In terms of the team’s cap situation, the Kemba Walker trade was a complete success for the Boston Celtics. While it will save the club nearly $ 20 million in payroll over the next two seasons, however, the deal left a glaring hole for the Celtics at Point Guard Course.
Finding Walker’s replacement will also be difficult . Team President Brad Stevens will not have the means to offer a contract to a free agent floor general like Lonzo Ball, Mike Conley or Kyle Lowry. He’s probably not acting for a player like Dejounte Murray either. And just handing over the reins to Marcus Smart seems suboptimal.
However, there is a possibility that the point guard of the Celtics of the future is already part of the organization.
Yam Madar, a stash pick for Boston 47th place overall in the NBA Draft 2020, goes after an incredibly strong campaign for Hapoel Tel Aviv from the Israeli Premier League. And he finally seems to be getting wet feet in the US as he is said to be playing for the Celtics’ summer league outfit.
However, his official jump from the IPL to the NBA may have stalled due to legal disputes. </ Heavy's Bryan Starr announced in March that Madar and his current club appear to have a disagreement about when his contract ends.
The 20-year-old and his agents believe that he should be free to have other options now to pursue at the Celtics or elsewhere. And they were ready to file an arbitration claim about the expiration of his contract to achieve this.
Meanwhile, Hapoel argued that Madar is still under contract and will remain so in the 2021/22 season. In order for him to leave the team and potentially join the Celtics, the team reportedly requested a $ 700,000 takeover.
According to a Sunday report by Israeli tire writer Josh Halickman / Sports Rabbi, Madar’s case has been decided. Unfortunately the referee decided that it would remain the property of Hapoel for the time being. So there is a possibility that Madar’s move to Beantown will have to wait.
However, Halickman noted that Madar’s decision to enter the NBA Summer League with the Celtics is unlikely to affect Madar’s decision to participate in the NBA Summer League with the Celtics.
The possibility also exists that Madar could just pay the buyout. But the Celtics were only allowed to contribute a certain amount of money per CBA; the rest would go to Madar herself. And the actual buyout number is unknown.
In 35 games in all competitions last season, Madar scored 16.5 points, 5.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest. He also scored 40.6% of his three-point attempts.
Last year, he was the youngest player in IPL history to win the league’s Most Improved Player Award.
Was next to his club career Madar a big part of the Israeli national team program. As a junior competitor, he played well in the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and the U20 Championship in 2018 and 2019. At the ’19 event, he raced Israel to a gold medal finish and took a 16-8-3 line.
In four games with the senior team during EuroBasket 2020 qualifying, he averaged 7.2 points and made 50.0% of his shot attempts in limited use.
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