5 free agents who could help Celtics next season
By Jason Rossi
Although they’re coming off their busiest and most successful free agency week since 2007, the Celtics are still a few players away from being a true NBA championship contender.
The addition of marque free agent Gordon Hayward, along with the trade for Marcus Morris and newly acquired Aron Baynes makes the Celtics a better roster today, but they are still in search for role playing veterans. Green teamers were hopeful recently bought out Jamal Crawford would join the C’s, but he decided to “take his talents” to Minnesota. With all the names Celtics fans have been reading, hearing, and tweeting about now signed, here are 5 players that could contribute in the Celtics championship hopes this coming season.
5. David Lee
The 34-year-old vet deserves another chance in Boston. While his best days are far behind him, Lee could the big body the Celtics are in search of. With the current roster, Lee could fit in nicely into the Tyler Zeller role, but bring a championship pedigree.
4. Tony Allen
Another former Celtics player who could easily fit into the teams’ current needs. With the loss of Avery Bradley, the Celtics are without an above average perimeter defender, Allen while far into the back-9 of his career could still make a stop when needed. Allen could also be a safety net for Marcus Smart, who is in line as the team’s top defender.
3. Deron Williams
If there are any concerns about Isaiah Thomas’ health, the Celtics will need to find a solid backup point guard. Williams came off the bench for the Cavs after the trade deadline last season and averaged just over 20 minutes and 7.5 points per game. Williams wasn’t a difference maker, but when called upon stepped up for a team with championship aspirations. Williams would be a nice backup or fill in for Thomas.
2. Pau Gasol
Now, this one isn’t as likely, but add Gasol to this Celtics roster and you have yourself a true contender. All reports say he will resign with the Spurs, but you never know. Gasol, a two-time NBA champion is still playing a high level, and would be the rim protector the Celtics are in need of.
1. Andrew Bogut
When it comes to an aging, affordable seven-footer, Bogut is the best option. Bogut played less two minutes for the Cavaliers last season after breaking his leg. With the Celtics in need for a rebounder, height and a big body under the rim, Bogut could be an ideal fit. Brad Stevens tends to play a small lineup and it’s been successful strategy, but Bogut could fit into (and contribute more) what the Celtics tried to get out of Amir Johnson during the postseason.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog