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Keith Bogans frustrated by lack of playing time this season with Celtics

Jan 2, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

Keith Bogan AP

Keith Bogans may not be a household name in the NBA, but in recent years he’s become a serviceable veteran that a team could trust on the floor for around 19 minutes per contest.

Bogans appeared in 74 games for the Nets a season ago, and started in 23 of them. He was included in the offseason trade that brought Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, however, and his new situation in Boston has him watching the younger players develop from the sidelines.

Bogans has only played in four games with the Celtics, and isn’t at all happy about the way things have played out.

From Jessica Camerato of HoopsWorld:

Bogans enjoys his teammates and likes being part of the younger players’ development. He has had a relationship with Rondo since the point guard entered the league due to their University of Kentucky ties and has helped MarShon Brooks since his rookie year on the Nets.

Nonetheless, it is still challenging for him to watch others play knowing his name most likely will not get called.

“It’s tough,” Bogans said. “Game days are my toughest days. At least I’ll get in at practice. I can run up and down the court, play a little bit at practice. But, come on, you’ve been playing basketball for 10 years and just this year they just tell you you’re not playing? I’ve never not played in this league before. This is the first time ever. And it’s not like I’ve wandered into not playing. I’ve just not had the opportunity from day one. … I don’t mind cheering for my teammates. I love those guys, a great group of young guys. I love supporting them and cheering for them, but the fact that I’m not going to get in the game is tough.”

Bogans is being a good teammate through it all, so venting a little bit publicly like this isn’t the end of the world, and it likely won’t be considered so by the organization. He has two more years on his contract at just over $5 million apiece, but neither are guaranteed. If he bides his time this season and stays ready, it’s likely he’ll get his shot next year to sign on and actually play somewhere else.

  1. socalskinsfan21 - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    hey Keith, maybe if you could do something other than miss threes you’d get some playing time

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    You’re lucky to still be in the association. Suck it up Keith.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Who the hell signed Kieth Bogans to a contract over a couple of years at $5 million a year is the real story in this article!!

    • adoombray - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      the Celtics are trying to tank, but what people forget is tanking teams need to hit a salary floor (soft cap is ~56 million, floor is ~52) – bogans is money filler on a team that’s trying to tank, except everyone else in the division is also tanking – willingly or otherwise, lol sup new yorkers – so the Celtics are in first place.

      • dubious90 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:46 AM

        1. Celtics aren’t in first place anymore. Toronto is
        2. Celtics are no way near the salary floor. Bogans was signed to that contract in the draft-day trade as part of the salary-matching.

        Celtics salary is $71,631,723-
        “The National Basketball Association today announced that the Salary Cap for the 2013-14 season will be $58.679 million. The tax level for the 2013-14 season has been set at $71.748 million.”
        So they are actually over the cap, and just barely under the luxury tax level

    • maracineanu16 - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      those were the Nets – I have a lot of respect for the team but the management SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Russians have always been second to Americans when it comes to basketball.

    • Kevin S. - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      The Nets needed extra salary ballast to make the Pierce/KG trade work. Paying Bogans $5 million this year basically let Danny Ainge dump the last two years of Jason Terry.

  4. phaktor333 - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Keith has to be realistic…he got $5 million plus in the trade as throw in; more than he has made the last few years combined. He has no real trade value, outside of um….his salary. He would be serviceable role player on a veteran team looking towards the playoffs and should be happy to take the year off, which is less wear and tear on his body. He will not play significant minutes and the reality of the Celtics roster is starting to set in; at this point anyone who could help them win more games is not needed as the Celtics are in player development mode. In the meanwhile, he should break out his Sunday best for the bench or stay at home getting therapy for the flu, hamstring, back or whatever lame malady the Celtics deem fit enough to keep him off the court.

  5. edwardemanuelson - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    5 mil to ride the pine ? Sign me up! Keith’s a good guy, started 82 for my Spurs a few years back, then for the Bulls the next year. While he won’t lose the game for you, and probly deserves more minutes, for 5 mil, I wouldn’t draw too much attention my way.

  6. alfiemonstaa - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    this is what happens when you give mediocre players decent contracts, they think theyre worth the money! keith just be happy they gave you 5 per bro, shut up and watch!

  7. johnheisman - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Bogans has some other aspect to his contract that is attractive. I think his $5 million future years non guaranteed contract can somehow allow for a $10 million trade exception and allow him to be cut but it might be at the end of the season I do not undertand this rule or its benefits.

    As far as playing, how does playing Bogans help the Celtics. They are far better off, playing younger players and honestly winning games is not hugely important. Outside of Phil Pressey, is Bogans better than anyone else that is playing?

  8. jimeejohnson - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    He’s gonna miss that chowder!

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