Celtics Rumors: Players Who Are Still on Boston's Radar

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIJuly 23, 2012

Celtics Rumors: Players Who Are Still on Boston's Radar

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    With most of the major NBA free agents having been signed already, NBA 2012 free agency is certainly winding down. However, there's still some talent out there to be had. And for the Boston Celtics, they'll be looking to find a couple of last minute players that they can add to help them make a push to compete against the Heat and Bulls in the East. 

    So, here are a few players that could still be on Boston's radar as the 2012-2013 season nears. 

1. Carlos Delfino

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    Carlos Delfino has quietly put together three very solid seasons over the course of the past three years. He's averaged 11.0, 11.5, and 9.0 points per game in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, respectively.

    He's clearly a solid player and could be a big help to whatever team he winds up on. Hopefully for Celtics fans, he'll be in Boston next year. 

    With the departure of Ray Allen, Boston's going to be looking to reestablish a three-point shooting threat from the outside. Since 2007, Delfino's worst shooting performance from beyond the arc was 36 percent. He's a very capable shooter and could fill that void a little bit. 

    Assuming he comes out of the Olympics unscathed, look for Boston to make a real push towards signing the Argentinean. 

    Stats per ESPN

2. Michael Redd

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    Michael Redd has long been one of the more underrated players in the NBA. Although he's getting up there in age and has had some trouble with injuries in recent years, he's an excellent scorer when healthy and could be a big help for Boston playing limited minutes off the bench. 

    He's also a really good shooter from three-point range. Like Delfino, Redd could help to step into Ray Allen's shoes (but certainly not fill them) and give Boston a legitimate three-point threat. If he plays only 20-or-so minutes a game, he could be very effective. 

    And from a business standpoint, Redd could likely be signed for a very cheap amount—maybe even the veteran's minimum. 

3. The Development of Jared Sullinger

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    While he's obviously already a member of the Celtics, I place Sullinger on this list due to the circumstances in which he's become a Celtic.

    Sullinger dropped to 20th in the draft amid reports that he had serious back problems that could potentially limit his career longevity. He should've been a top-10 pick, but he was cast aside and lost a ton of money in the process. 

    The Celtics need to keep these circumstances in mind and be sure that Sullinger remembers that he was overlooked, that this team took a chance on him and to use that to fuel his development. Sullinger definitely has a ton of talent, and he could be a really good player if his health holds up. 

    Hopefully for Celtics fans, it will. And if Jared Sullinger can harness the attitude that he's going to prove everyone wrong, he could be a major contributor for years to come.

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