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Jason Terry will help the Celtics with his natural scoring abilities, but other issues must be addressed for the Celtics. One that sticks out in particular is: Who is going to rebound?
Terry has averaged 2.7 rebounds per game over his NBA career. For a player of his stature, that's relatively respectable. Yet, the C's must find an able-bodied player who can crash the boards because that is not Terry's forte.
During the 2011-12 season, Boston ranked dead last in rebounds per game, according to ESPN.com statistics. The roster lacked size and girth. Consequently, GM Danny Ainge aimed to fix that in June's draft.
Fab Melo, Jared Sullinger and Kris Joseph were taken by Boston with picks 21, 22 and 51 respectively. These prospects should make life easier on the glass and boost the C's size. Still, if another piece was inked in free agency, it would ensure that the Celts would have enough presence to box out next season.
ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg offered this sentiment when examining the makeup of the Celtics:
While the Celtics have moved quickly to reassemble their roster this offseason and fill up many of the available spots, this process could take some time to sort out. They can't get themselves another Allen, but inking another body might aid the acceptance stage for Celtics fans.
Boston certainly hooked a nice free agent in Jason Terry. Unfortunately, the team must find more complimentary options in order to keep within striking distance of elite franchises like its arch-rival the Miami Heat.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Celtics have met with Houston Rockets guard/forward Courtney Lee. Perhaps Lee's 6'5" body will fit the billing, but he averaged only 2.7 rebounds per game last season.
If Boston hauls Lee in, it will have to be through a sign-and-trade because of the team's salary cap, indicates ESPN.com's Stein. The four-year pro nailed 40 percent his three-point attempts during the 2011-12 season and has less mileage on his tires than Terry does.
As it stands now, the Celtics could certainly use more viable parts to keep their engine running.