Boston Celtics: Eric Gordon and 5 Free Agents C's Must Target This Offseason
The Boston Celtics came up just short of making it to yet another NBA Finals.
Though they lost to a great Miami Heat team, the Celtics lost because of age and a lack of depth.
Now, with an offseason of uncertainty facing the team, some tough decisions will have to be made.
Two members of the Big Three, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, don’t have contracts for next season.
If Danny Ainge and the Celtics management team decide not to re-sign these two stars, they’ll need to use that money to replenish the roster.
Let’s take a look at five players the team should take a long look at this offseason.
5. Landry Fields, SG
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Fields can hit open threes and plays really solid defense.
He hasn’t played with a decent point guard in his career yet (besides a brief stint with Jeremy Lin), so there’s no telling how good he could be on a veteran-laden, unselfish team like the Celtics.
Fields seems like a player who could really improve in 2013 under the tutelage of a coach like Doc Rivers.
4. Marreese Speights, PF
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Speights played really well for the Memphis Grizzlies after Zach Randolph suffered an injury earlier this season.
After being buried on the bench in Philadelphia, he’s shown that he can, in fact, thrive in the NBA.
If the Celtics can re-sign Brandon Bass (something they absolutely must do), Speights would be an excellent backup.
3. Ryan Anderson, PF
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If the Celtics don’t re-sign Ray Allen, they’re going to need someone else on the team besides Paul Pierce to knock down some threes.
Anderson was one of the best three-point shooters in the league last season, and he did it from the power forward position.
He doesn’t grab too many rebounds, so the Celtics would have to sign a big center to dominate the post, but Anderson could thrive in Boston by knocking down open threes that Rajon Rondo creates for him.
2. Chris Kaman, C
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After Jermaine O’Neal was lost to a season-ending injury, Kevin Garnett had to move to center and Brandon Bass was forced into the starting lineup.
Needless to say, a lack of depth at the power forward and center positions really hampered Boston down the stretch.
Kaman, if signed by the Celtics, would thrive. Boston doesn’t need him to be a huge scoring threat; they just need him to grab plenty of rebounds, play solid defense and block a few shots every now and then.
The scoring will come from plenty of other places on the roster.
1. Eric Gordon, SG
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If the Celtics don’t re-sign Ray Allen, they are going to need another scorer.
Gordon is the best young shooting guard in the game, and the Celtics could probably get him for the money they would have had to pay Allen.
Signing Gordon would allow Avery Bradley, if healthy, to continue coming off the bench in support of Gordon and Rajon Rondo.
Also, giving Rondo another player to kick the ball out to for open threes will only help this team continue to contend for NBA titles.