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Celtics have some angles to play

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he expects to join members of the team's front office staff in the annual free agency telethon that begins when the clock strikes midnight to usher in July 1.

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Stevens wouldn't take the bait when asked if he'd phone any old friends (cough, restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, cough) and said he'd wait until the free agency process plays itself out before revealing if his phone calls helped entice a target.

While this is his first go-around at placing free-agency phone calls at the NBA level, Stevens is no stranger to late-night dialing this time of year.

"We had June 15 in the NCAA, you could call at midnight," Stevens said. "It is what it is. You call and you put your best foot forward. You have to be realistic in assessing your options and you go from there."

Stevens said he chose quality over quantity when phoning potential recruits, hoping a more personalized approach resonated with his targets. Boston's front office staff was planning to huddle Monday afternoon to finalize a strategy for midnight contacts.

With that in mind, here's a quick rundown on Boston's cap situation as we prepare to launch into free agency:

The Celtics have some attractive assets that could help them land established talent this offseason, though that's more likely to come via the trade route than free agency given that Boston doesn't have the available cap space to simply sign free-agent bodies.

With cap holds, the Celtics are projected to be over the salary cap, which means they must use exceptions in order to sign players. So how can the team add players this offseason?

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