The Boston Celtics have struggled a lot this season, with COVID, injuries, and a lack of depth contributing to an all-round dismal season for Brad Stevens’ side, so I have compiled a three-man shortlist for possible Celtics free agents they can target this offseason
The Celtics missed over 130 days due to COVID-19 protocols, more than any other team.
But there is new hope for the Celtics, with a change in the front office with Danny Ainge retiring from his position and head coach Brad Stevens moving up to the GM role.
Possible Celtics Free Agents: Nemanja Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica would make a lot of sense for the Celtics and would provide some experience in a very young Celtics team.
Bjelica, 33, is averaging 7/4/2 in 17 MPG and is shooting 46% from the field this season, becoming a solid bench piece for the Miami Heat this season.
Bjelica also provides some overseas experience, having played many seasons in the EuroLeague for Caja Laboral and Fenerbahce and representing his national team, Serbia, at two cups.
Bjelica wasn’t just there to make up the numbers in Europe either, he was the 2015 EuroLeague MVP and an All-Decade nominee.
In conclusion, Nemanja Bjelica would make for a good Celtics free agent signing, and would not bring an expensive contract with him either
Possible Celtics Free Agents: Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Lakers with the 2nd pick of the 2017 NBA draft and has been on a very bumpy rollercoaster ever since.
Ball never really got to show off his talents in the quick judging city of Los Angeles, after being shipped off to New Orleans in the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade in 2019.
Ball has hugely underperformed for both the Lakers and the Pelicans. However, he had a promising season and could be on the verge of a breakout season next year.
There were rumors of the Celtics trading for Lonzo Ball in this season’s trade deadline, so we know that the Celtics would definitely be interested in the 23-year-old.
signing Lonzo Ball would make a lot of sense for the Celtics.
For starters, the Celtics have recently traded Kemba Walker, leaving a gaping hole in the point guard position.
Another reason why this signing would make a lot of sense is that the Celtics need a playmaker. Now Lonzo is no ‘floor general’ like Chris Paul. However, he can move the ball and pass the ball well, which the Celtics need to challenge next season.
Lonzo would not cost too much either, he is just coming off his rookie contract, and due to his performances, he won’t be asking for a lot on his contract sheet.
Possible Celtics Free Agents: John Collins (restricted)
John Collins would be a ridiculously good move for the Boston Celtics, however a very unlikely one too.
Collins has helped the Hawks to a fantastic season, finishing the season in the 5th seed and beating the Knicks in the playoffs, he is currently battling it out against the Sixers in a tied series for a place in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Collins is currently averaging 17 PPG and 7 RPG on 55% FG and 39% from deep.
Collin’s height would be a big advantage and a pull factor for the Celtics, with Collins being a three-level scorer who can also rebound at 6’9.
I have put Collins at the end of this list because it is a very unrealistic signing for the Celtics and would probably not move to a team who finished below the Hawks the previous season.
In my opinion, the Celtics will most likely have to make some free agency signings if they want to compete for their 18th banner next season, whether that be bench pieces or starters.
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