Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis
Next summer, when free agency hits, a lot of teams are going to be trying to figure out how to acquire Chris Paul and/or Carmelo Anthony.
The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, are going to focus on retaining their two young big men. Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins are set to become free agents after this summer.
Davis has been utilized as a reserve for the Celtics. He knows his role and remains prepared for when head coach Doc Rivers calls his number. The 6'9", 290 pound forward has also shown flashes of brilliance when filling in for Kevin Garnett.
Perkins has developed into one of the top post defenders in the game. His ability to defend opposing big men by himself has enabled the Celtics to do a lot more on defense. The 6'10", 280 pound center is the unheralded member of the starting line.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Davis is 24 years old, while Kendrick Perkins is 25.
Considering their skills, size, youth and a lack of quality big men available, these two guys will certainly draw a lot of attention in free agency.
The Celtics have to make sure that these guys remain integral pieces of their future.
Their front line is not getting any younger. Kevin Garnett is 34 years old. The Celtics signed Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal during the summer to provide depth, but they're 32 and 38, respectively. Over the past few years, you've already seen how difficult it is for teams to develop young big men at a rapid pace.
If the Celtics want to keep their winning ways, then Davis and Perkins have to be signed next summer.