At the moment, the Boston Celtics currently have a crowded roster. The team has 17 players signed under contract for next season and an 18th reportedly on the way with guard/forward Evan Turner. The Celtics agreed to terms with the former Pacer earlier this week, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, for a portion of the team’s mid-level exception.
Despite the overstocked roster, the Celtics still have some glaring holes on their depth chart, especially in front-line defense. New addition Tyler Zeller will provide some assistance in the middle, but the team is still in dire need of a rim-protecting big man and some defensive help at forward.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge still has the ability to clear out some roster space via cutting players with non-guaranteed contracts (Chris Babb, Chris Johnson and Keith Bogans). He has also shown interest in trading away a veteran or two, and Zach Lowe of Grantland reported last week that Ainge had been considering dealing power forward Brandon Bass to the Warriors.
After signing Turner, the team will still have a portion of the mid-level exception remaining to add another useful piece or two to the roster. Here are a few available free agents who would fit Boston’s needs.
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