We’re a few days removed from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and the dust has finally settled. LeBron James marches on to his eighth-consecutive NBA Finals appearance and this young Celtics squad heads home for the summer.
For once, general manager Danny Ainge and company won’t be expected to make major moves.
“I like the team we have,” Ainge said to the media on Monday. “We’re not looking to make changes, other than a handful of tweaks.”
While guys like James and Demarcus Cousins will headline the free agency class, let’s see what’s realistically out there for Ainge this summer.
The veteran big man will likely opt out of his player option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Jordan told the Los Angeles Times he’s had “zero discussions” with the Clippers about a possible extension. With a career average of 10.7 rebounds, Jordan could fix a glaring rebound problem the Celtics have had for years.
It remains yet to be seen if Kanter will opt out of the final year of his contract, worth $18.6 million. If Kanter does leave there’s a chance he’ll command a price on the free agent market that the Celtics might not be able to afford, though his strong ability to rebound may make him more enticing.
Yes, Smart is already technically a Celtic, but he could be on his way out. Smart will be a restricted free agent this summer and, as he told ESPN, he’s expecting his value to surpass the $12-14 million dollar mark. Smart is a valuable role player on a championship team. There aren’t many players in the NBA who can defend so many positions so well. His offense remains a question.
The veteran small forward has the ability to opt out of his contract in which he made $8.4 million last season. Gay could bring 11.5 points per game and five rebounds to the Celtics bench.
The Massachusetts-native has bounced around the league the last few years. The Celtics would be able to pick the free agent up at a cheap price, and at 6-feet-11-inches, Noel could show his past success wasn’t a fluke.
Luc Mbah a Moute
A 6-foot-8-inch power forward that can defend multiple positions, Mbah a Moute can also stretch the floor with his three-point shooting. The 31-year-old was 39 percent from beyond the arc in 2016 and 36 percent in 2017.
Dedmon is a cheap option that brings a solid track record. If Dedmon can continue to develop his three-point shot, after shooting 35-percent from beyond the arc this past season, it will complement his 10 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game nicely.
Napier is a restricted free agent this summer that quietly had an impressive season off the bench in Portland. If the Celtics lose Smart or Terry Rozier, or both this summer, Napier could be an option as a point guard off the bench.
West brings invaluable experience on a cheap veteran contract — not too mention his career 13.6 points per game.
A career 38-percent shooter from three-point land, the unrestricted free agent could be another option to run the second unit if a few current Celtics players leave for free agency.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog