NBA Rumors: 10 Free Agents Who Would Be Perfect for Boston Celtics

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2012

The Boston Celtics are going to have a great deal of cap space available to tinker with in free agency this summer, and general manager Danny Ainge will look to retool the roster.

With Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Jermaine O'Neal's contracts all coming off the books, an aging Boston team will look to add both youth and athleticism to the fold in order to surround Rajon Rondo with talent that complements his game.

Gary Washburn, Celtics beat writer for the Boston Globe, indicated that C.J. Miles (G/F, Utah Jazz) will be on Boston's radar this summer, but he's not the only one who would be a good fit in Beantown.

Let's delve into some possibilities, looking at both unrestricted and restricted free agents.


C.J. Miles, G/F Utah Jazz (U)

Miles shouldn't come very expensive and has shown an inclination to score, and he could really boost Boston's second unit.

He has a versatile game and the ability to stretch the floor when given playing time, so he might really be a fantastic addition to a bench that needs help.


Alonzo Gee, G/F Cleveland Cavaliers (R)

Like Miles, Gee is an athletic wing player who can help utilize Rondo's skill the way that it should be.

He's enjoyed a breakout year for Cleveland, so it's going to be difficult for Boston to lure him away from the Cavs unless Ainge drastically overpays.


JaVale McGee, C Denver Nuggets (R)

The Celtics need a true center in the worst way and there is no question McGee has the upside to be an impact big man in this league.

If he can mature on the court and fulfill his potential, McGee could really be a huge signing for the Celtics.

The question Ainge will have to answer is how much he's willing to pay for McGee's potential.


Courtney Lee, SG Houston Rockets (R)

Lee likely isn't going to return to the Rockets next season, and he needs to go to a team that will give him an opportunity to play.

He's got real scoring ability, but there is a split opinion as to whether he could sustain success as a starter on a permanent basis.


Roy Hibbert, C Indiana Pacers (R)

The Pacers are going to have cap space to retain Hibbert's services, but there is no question Ainge will make an aggressive push to land him.

A true powerhouse inside at 7'2", Hibbert has demonstrated immense progress in his game since coming out of Georgetown and was a first time All-Star this season.


Jeff Green, Out of Basketball (U)

The Celtics wanted Green back this year, but his heart condition sidelined him for the season and his contract with the team was voided.

He's exactly the type of player who could really help Rondo and he's a prime candidate to take a larger role with the Celtics than he had previously next season.


O.J. Mayo, SG Memphis Grizzlies (R)

Ainge loves scorers, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him make a really nice offer to Mayo.

His future appears to be outside of Memphis and he would really help the Celtics in the scoring department with his proclivity to score in bunches.


Kris Humphries, PF New Jersey Nets (U)

Humphries is going to get himself paid this offseason as he's successfully proven that he's an impact player on the frontline.

He's a high-energy player who never quits on the floor and the Celtics could use him to improve an area of need: team rebounding.


Eric Gordon, SG New Orleans Hornets (R)

It's going to take a ridiculously large contract offer to lure Gordon out of New Orleans, but Ainge might not be able to resist Gordon's potential.

He's an injury risk as a player who has never played in a full slate of regular season games, but he's exactly the type of scorer who could usher in the next era for Boston.


Nicolas Batum, SF Portland Trail Blazers (R)

Portland cleared a ton of cap space in order to retain Batum, but that doesn't mean the Celtics won't try to bring him out to the East Coast.

He is a player that Boston could build around for years to come, but he's last on this list because it's highly unlikely that the Trail Blazers let him walk.


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