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Kelly Olynyk | Center/Forward | #9

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 238
College: Gonzaga
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (13) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Kelly Olynyk said he won't play in games with the Canadian national team this summer.
He did say he will train with the team. One he starts his season with the Heat, Olynyk could get minutes at the four and the five, especially with how coach Erik Spoelstra likes to play the matchups. He figures to get most of his minutes as the backup five man, assuming rookie Bam Adebayo doesn't tear it up early. Aug 9 - 2:45 PM

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Pat Riley believes that Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo can play together in the second unit.

"[Olynyk] is a perfect fit for Hassan [Whiteside]. He and Bam [Adebayo] can play [together]. Kelly is a great outlet passer," said Riley. "I think he’s an excellent defender. He will get in better shape with us. His game will emerge. I look at him as part of the 25 to 30-year-old group of young guys." Olynyk's ability to hit the 3-point shot fills a glaring need for the Heat, so he should be able to flirt with around 20 minutes off the bench in Miami. He's more of a deep league guy, though.
Jul 10 - 4:19 PM

Kelly Olynyk has agreed to a four-year, $50 million-plus deal with the Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

It's a fairly big contract for a guy who didn't play 21 minutes per game in either of his last two seasons. In his 20.5 minutes per game last year, Olynyk was effective on offense with averages of 9.0 points, 4.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.9 treys. Coach Erik Spoelstra will likely use him as a combo PF/C with minutes in the low 20s again. The Heat should still be able to bring James Johnson back.
Jul 6 - 7:44 PM

Kelly Olynyk is receiving interest from the Nets, Pacers, Kings and Jazz, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

The Celtics renounced his restricted rights, so Boston won't be able to match one of their heroes from the Washington series. Olynyk is best suited in the second unit and should have more fantasy value on his new team.
Jul 5 - 3:01 PM

The Celtics have renounced restricted free agent Kelly Olynyk.

This means the Celtics will not be able to match any offers for Olynyk, as he's now an unrestricted free agent. Following Gordon Hayward's decision to join Boston, the Celtics simply won't have the cap space to bring Olynyk back. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said that the 26-year-old center will have a "strong market," and the good news is that a move away from Boston could result in a significant bump in fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 8:11 PM

The Celtics have extended a qualifying offer to Kelly Olynyk.

It is a mild surprise that the Celtics have given Olynyk a qualifying offer, but they could opt to rescind that offer at a later date. For instance, the Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer on Harrison Barnes last year after the Dubs agreed to terms with Kevin Durant, so that could be on the table for the Celtics if they can land a big target. For now, they'll be able to match any offer on the backup big man.
Jun 29 - 8:21 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said it's "increasingly likely" that the Celtics will let Kelly Olynyk become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

This comes on the heels of a report that the Celtics will pursue both Gordon Hayward and Paul George this summer, so they won't have the cap space to bring back Olynyk in that scenario. Wojnarowski adds that Olynyk will have a "strong market," so it sounds like he's as good as gone. On the other hand, this should increase the chances of draft-and-stash prospect Ante Zizic joining the Celtics for the 2017-18 season.
Jun 27 - 7:25 PM

Kelly Olynyk scored seven points in the starting lineup on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

The Cavs were able to get Olynyk switched on LeBron James quite a bit in this game, and you can imagine how that turned out. Olynyk's epic Game 7 against the Wizards was a career highlight, but he didn't fare well in this series on the defensive end.
May 25 - 10:58 PM

Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk will start against the Cavs on Thursday.

Olynyk had a strong run in the two Cleveland games, averaging 15.0 points in 24.5 minutes. He should get a similar amount of minutes even if Amir Johnson is in the rotation.
May 25 - 6:42 PM

Kelly Olynyk started Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

He started in place of Amir Johnson (shoulder) and finished 7-of-14 from the field with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, but he missed both of his 3-point attempts. Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice scoring punch in the first unit, but he was also exposed on the defensive end several times. Coach Brad Stevens has been indecisive with his starting lineups during the playoffs, so it's anybody's guess as to what he will do in Game 5 with Boston's season on the line.
May 24 - 12:11 AM

Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

With Amir Johnson (shoulder) out, Olynyk should see a slight bump in minutes tonight in addition to Jonas Jerebko. After being held to a combined two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice spark in Game 3 with 15 points in 23 minutes. Boston needs offense and floor spacing with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so Olynyk should be heavily involved unless he starts out cold from the field.
May 23 - 7:05 PM

Kelly Olynyk started the second half of the Celtics' Game 1 loss on Wednesday, finishing with two points, three rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes.

Olynyk replaced Amir Johnson after halftime but it didn't have a big impact at either end of the court, mainly because Olynyk missed his shots. The 26-year-old big man had a phenomenal Game 7 vs. the Wizards, and he could make an impact in this series, but the early returns aren't encouraging.
May 17 - 11:54 PM

Kelly Olynyk dropped a playoff career-high 26 points in Monday's 115-105 Game 7 over the Wizards.

Channeling his inner Larry Bird, Olynyk scored 14 points alone in the fourth quarter and outscored Washington's bench 26-5. He shot 10-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, adding five rebounds, four assists and two triples in 28 minutes. Washington's small-ball lineup had no answer for Olynyk defensively and he became the first player in more than 30 years to score 25+ points and grab five boards off the bench in a Game 7. Boston will be hoping that he can build off this momentum because he was held to single-digit points in four of his previous five games.
May 15 - 11:00 PM

Kelly Olynyk finished Wednesday's Game 5 victory with a playoff career-high 14 points on 5-of-9 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, adding five rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 20 minutes.

The Celtics bench was critical tonight, especially with the starting unit going cold throughout the first half. Olynyk made his jumpers, played strong defense, set picks, and basically did everything required of him on both ends. He earned his minutes tonight. It's worth noting that Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller and Jaylen Brown all picked up DNP-CDs -- considering the Celtics won the game, 108-97, it seems unlikely that we'll see them in Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 26 - 11:37 PM

Kelly Olynyk made all four of his shot attempts on Sunday, including one 3-pointer, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes off the bench.

In the first half, the Celtics' offense attempted 22 triples, 10 shots at the rim, and just three mid-range jumpers. They finished the game a mere 10-of-37 from deep (27.0 percent), yet they still won by nine points. Olynyk is often an 'X-factor' with the second unit, especially if he's hitting his 3-pointers, but he's hard to trust for DFS from night to night.
Apr 23 - 9:32 PM

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PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Justise Winslow
2Rodney McGruder
PF1James Johnson
2Kelly Olynyk
3Okaro White
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Edrice Adebayo
3A.J. Hammons
4Udonis Haslem