Boston Celtics: 10 Offseason Moves to Contend Next Season
The Boston Celtics are locked into their core for next season.
It is unlikely they will trade any of the Big Three and although Rondo's name has come up in past summer, if the Celtics are looking to contend next year, trading Rondo is the worst thing they could do.
There are a number of role players available this offseason. The Celtics need size to contend next year.
Between re-signing their own players and looking at other team's free agents, there are a number of moves that could keep the Celtics near the top of the East for another season.
The Celtics obviously can't make all of these moves, but if they make three or four, they will be in a good position next season.
Re-Sign Jeff Green
Jeff Green did not impress Celtics' fans when he was traded from Oklahoma City. Part of that was because of the man he was traded for: Kendrick Perkins.
But another part was because he didn't produce at the same levels.
Green was an athletic freak with Oklahoma City. He found his way to the basket and scored.
The Celtics must have seen some potential in him to make the trade, so they should see the Green experiment through.
Sign Samuel Dalembert
Kendrick Perkins' absence has left a hole at center for the Celtics.
Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal have not proven they can stay healthy.
Dalembert is the perfect fit for the Celtics.
In the mold of Perkins, he is a defensive force who can hold his own against the NBA's best big men.
Re-Sign Delonte West
Delonte West is not the type of player who makes you say, "Wow." He has no one skill that is exceptional, but he also doesn't have glaring weaknesses.
If Rajon Rondo is healthy, playing backup point guard on the Celtics will yield few minutes. West offers the versatility of playing shooting guard and also knows Boston's offense well.
His knowledge and versatility make him more valuable than anyone the Celtics could get on the free agent market.
Re-Sign Nenad Krstic
The Celtics will have to decide how valuable Krstic's knowledge of the team offense is to their success next season.
Re-signing the European center might prevent them from picking up Dalembert or another free agent.
Doc Rivers said that the biggest reason the loss of Kendrick Perkins hurt so much is it put a guy on the floor who was unfamiliar with the Celtics system.
Now that Krstic has some familiarity, Rivers will have to decide if that makes him next year's best option at center.
Let Glen "Big Baby" Davis Go
In the Celtics series loss to the Miami Heat, Davis was forced to play out of position, but he was dominated by Joel Anthony. JOEL ANTHONY!
Celtics fans love Davis, but for the likely price he will command on the market, the risk is not worth the reward.
Davis has been an effective player at times for the Celtics and has a dazzlingly awkward array of surprisingly effective post moves, but his performance at the end of this season was a sign that it is time to cut ties with the popular forward.
Sign Carl Landry
When Davis leaves, the Celtics will need to find another versatile forward who can fill his role. Carl Landry is 6"9', 250 pounds, a very similar build to Davis.
Landry would bring more winning experience to the Celtics and provide them with scoring off the bench and a player that might get starting minutes after Kevin Garnett leaves, possibly after next season.
Sign J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith could offer the Celtics depth for Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.
Smith averaged 12 points, four rebounds and two assists last season for the Denver Nuggets.
He could be a great fit for the Celtics bench next year if the Celtics fail to re-sign Jeff Green.
Convince the O'Neals to Just Go Away
Jermaine O'Neal still has basketball talent. When he played, he was a very good defensive player for the Celtics.
The problem was he didn't play nearly enough.
The odds of him having an entirely healthy season are too low for the Celtics to count on. He is making more than $6 million next season.
Odds are he won't retire, and this situation isn't entirely realistic, but it would give the Celtics additional flexibility in looking for big men on the market.
Shaq's contract isn't nearly as bad (less than $1.5 million) and it is far more likely he will retire.
Few Celtics fans want to sit through another season waiting for either O'Neal to get healthy.
Sign Peja Stojakovic
The Celtics will need depth at small forward and shooting guard if they don't re-sign Jeff Green.
Stojakovic offers depth and experience. He is an exceptional spot-up shooter and the Celtics wouldn't have to change their game plan much when he came in for Ray Allen.
He would likely be affordable and his production should make him worth the money.
Make a Good Draft Pick
Because the Celtics will likely not be in the market for major players in free agency, there most significant addition might come through the draft.
Big men like Maryland's Jordan Williams might be available when the Celtics pick in the mid-20s and could see immediate playing time.