Boston Celtics Rumors: Latest NBA Free Agents Linked to the Team

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2011

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The Boston Celtics are in a delicate situation, as their core continues to age and the window of opportunity to contend for an NBA title is closing. This makes this year's free-agency period especially important for them.

It will be interesting to see how Boston attempts to fill its needs through free agency since they are restricted in the type of moves they can make, thanks to an elevated payroll.

While we should not hold our breath for any blockbuster signings to go down on the Celtics' behalf, there are a number of players they are going to pursue once December 9th rolls around.


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Chuck Hayes

The Celtics are reportedly happy about the inability of the NBA to ban sign-and-trades in the new CBA as that is their plan for Glen "Big Baby" Davis. If this is indeed their plan, they are going to want to add some aggression in the low post, in which case they should look no further than Chuck Hayes.

Hayes, at 6'6", doesn't exactly add size to the Celtics roster, but he has proved more than capable of battling in the low post as a center, and could prove incredibly useful in the paint for Boston.

Hayes' strength makes you forget that he is so undersized at his position. He is a tough defender and grabs rebounds in bunches. His ability to play both the center and power forward positions would prove extremely valuable to Boston should they send Davis packing.

Hayes' lack of size should not be a deal-breaker for the Celtics.

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Rasual Butler

Rasual Butler caught the Celtics' attention last season after he cleared waivers, and now that he is once again on the open market, the team could come calling again.

While Butler is listed as a shooting guard, he can play the small forward position as well. He is a strong three-point shooter and is fairly athletic. Boston needs a sharpshooter at their disposal to place on the perimeter, and Butler fits that bill.

The 32-year-old won't put up incredible stat lines, but he works as hard as anyone and has the ability to be a solid role player.

With the Celtics staring down the barrel of Father Time, they will take all the capable role players they can get.

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Jason Kapono

As previously noted, Boston is in need of a three-point specialist and they showed strong interest in adding Kapono last season so it should come as no surprise when he appears on their radar once again.

Kapono is a career 43.7 percent three-point shooter who will find a way to get open with or without the ball in his hands. His defense is pretty bad, but he is more of a player you only use in certain situations, like when you need some points put on the board.

The Celtics are looking for players who can step in and carry the offensive burden when its veterans need some rest. Kapono has the potential to do just that.

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Anthony Parker

Boston showed some interest in acquiring Anthony Parker last season and it is conceivable that they will be contacting him again as they continue to search for help on the perimeter.

The 36-year-old Parker is a great shooter, most notably from three-point range as he has shot nearly 41 percent from beyond the arc for his career. He is a solid defender both in transition and the halfcourt game, and is surprisingly deft passer as well.

Out of all the other players that the Celtics are targeting, Parker brings the most bang for the buck. He is one of the league's older players, but has only spent eight years in the NBA, which has allowed him to age rather well.

Parker is an unrestricted free agent, and if the Celtics show any further interest in him, he may be apt to make move to Boston to try and contend for a title.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26:  Carl Landry #24 of the New Orleans Hornets goes up for a shot against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011
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Carl Landry

Since it appears that Davis' days in Boston may be numbered, size is a serious concern for Boston.

Carly Landry has already stated that he is intrigued by the possibility of playing for the Celtics and could in all likelihood become a legitimate target of theirs.

Landry plays with a lot of fire, and would be the perfect replacement for Davis in terms of toughness. He is slightly undersized for his position, but boasts a nice mid-range game to cancel that out.

If the mid-level is a salary that Landry is willing to accept then he would be a solid addition to the Celtics rotation, ensuring that they remain fiercely competitive in the superstar-laden Eastern Conference.


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