As the Boston Celtics approach the 2012 NBA playoffs, it will be integral for management to also be pondering the possibility of which draft picks the team is interested in and what free agents are available in the upcoming offseason.
It's clear that of all the back-court players the Celtics could target this offseason, stud guard Eric Gordon has to be significantly high on the list of options the team could target.
According to Comcast SportsNetwork New England's A. Sherrod Blakely's recent tweet, the Boston Celtics may be best served to ponder signing players like Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers or Eric Gordon of the L.A. Clippers this offseason.
It's an interesting question that he proposes, yet also one that makes perfect sense for this basketball team.
Hibbert, unlike Gordon, would be a guy the Celtics would have to sign for a hefty price and too many seasons to be able to afford him. Not to mention, there's no question the Indiana Pacers will be making an insurmountable effort to try and keep Hibbert wearing yellow and blue.
Hibbert has been able to lead his Pacers to the third-best record in the NBA, recently topping the 40-win mark. Indiana is arguably the most dangerous dark horse the Eastern Conference has to offer this postseason.
Signing Eric Gordon would likely be the cheaper, more realistic option for Boston.
Gordon would be a guard that would help strengthen a back court that will be left with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. Although Rondo is an All-Star point guard and Bradley has made impressive strides as of late, there's no question the team needs another scorer.
As the Celtics may well fail to sign Ray Allen this offseason, having Eric Gordon to replace the future Hall of Famer may be the strongest.