Theis was back in the Boston lineup to start this season, after his 2017-18 campaign was cut short after 63 games due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.
In five games, all off the Celtics bench, Theis is averaging six points and just over three rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game. His value as a reserve center was on the rise, as he took the place of the injured Aron Baynes over the last three games.
In his first year in the NBA, Theis averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds as a reserve for Boston. He played 14.9 minutes per contest over 63 game (three starts) for the Celtics as a rookie.
Theis’ contract is due to expire after this season. At that point, Boston could make him a restricted free agent by tendering him a qualifying offer. Theis would be subject to the so-called “Arenas Provision”, under which an opposing team could craft an offer sheet that would be difficult for the Celtics to match.
More updates on Theis’ condition and return to play will be posted on CelticsBlog as available.