The Boston Celtics have made some poor free agent signings over the past 30 years, but, surprisingly, the number isn’t as bad as one might think, despite the team wallowing through the 1990s.
The reason is that most of the Celtics questionable moves have come by way of trade rather than offseason signings. Forgettable acquisitions—such as Sebastian Telfair, Raef LaFrentz and Joe Kleine—all made their way to Boston via a swap with another club, so they will not be included on this list.
Some moves immediately come to mind when thinking about colossal blunders in free agency, though. Who can forget the Celtics foray into international waters with the signing of Stojoko Vrankovic? And just how bad was Sly Williams off the court, that he only made it through six games during the Celtics 85-86 championship season?
The reason for this article is that the tenure of the Big Three in Boston is presumably coming to an end in the next season or two, so the Celtics will need to be aware of the failures of the past in order to know what types of players to stay away from in the future.
If the Celtics don’t move any of the Big Three this upcoming season, expect a lot of scrutiny to be placed on the team as it rebuilds for the future.