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The Boston Celtics have been somewhat conservative of late. They are trying to make frugal moves to build a team, or collection of assets, from the ground up.
It would certainly be unexpected if they came out firing with a max contract offer.
Of the possibilities, Greg Monroe makes the most sense. If Boston lowered the boom with a max deal for the Detroit Pistons big man, do they match? With new management in Detroit, and a potentially very expensive frontcourt, the Celtics might be able to swipe Monroe from them.
Detroit is already paying Josh Smith close to max money ($13.5 million a year through 2016-17) and owe Brandon Jennings north of $8 million each of the next two seasons. Andre Drummond is cheap now, but won't be forever.
Monroe may not be initially worth that type of offer, but with a 24-year-old who has center size and 20-10 potential, I could see it happening. Especially considering that Monroe has missed just three games in four NBA seasons.
Another shocker would be Gordon Hayward. The Utah Jazz shooting guard probably isn't worth a max contract, but Ainge could potentially poach him for the Celtics if he made that call. The Jazz wouldn't struggle to match financially, but they may not be willing to part with that chunk of change for a player they aren't positive is worth it.