Veteran Free Agents the Boston Celtics Can Still Find in NBA's Bargain Bin

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Veteran Free Agents the Boston Celtics Can Still Find in NBA's Bargain Bin
Associated Press
Emeka Okafor and Elton Brand have similar stories, and both would suit the Celtics' needs next season.

Talent-wise, the remaining NBA free agents this summer resemble the $5 DVD bin at Wal-Mart. A team like the Boston Celtics with limited funds has to sift through the rubble of castoffs and duds to find something everyone else has forgotten.

There is still a large group of professional basketball players out there seeking work and hoping to land on a team before the 2014-15 season gets underway. A decent chunk of that group is made up of veterans who could provide something beyond what they may or may not be still capable of on the floor.

Right now, the Celtics roster features just two players in their 30s, Gerald Wallace and Joel Anthony. Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green can definitely qualify as veterans at this point but still aren't the type of guys who can say they've seen it all and have the type of voice that is wise with years.

As currently situated, Boston isn't going anywhere fast, so adding a veteran presence isn't going to get it over the hump into true contention or anything like that. Rather, this veteran could help head coach Brad Stevens in his second year and take some of the leadership responsibilities off the back of Rondo, who will be trying to re-establish himself as an All-Star in his first fully healthy season in three years.

Boston also has some holes to fill in the rim-protection and perimeter-shooting departments. While unlikely, maybe the Celtics could dust off an older player to help plug those holes.

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