NBA Free Agents 2011: 5 Guys Boston Celtics Should Sign Before Christmas Opener

William PenfieldCorrespondent IINovember 29, 2011

NBA Free Agents 2011: 5 Guys Boston Celtics Should Sign Before Christmas Opener

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    With the NBA lockout lifted and the season set to begin on Christmas Day, many teams will scramble for free agents to fill out their rosters in time to prepare for the season.

    As of today, the Boston Celtics have just six players under contract: the Big Three, Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O'Neal and Avery Bradley.

    That being the case, the C's will ultimately have to hit the free-agent market aggressively when it opens on December 9th. 

Jeff Green

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    Jeff Green is the man they brought back to Boston in the Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson deal and it would be silly to let him go after having his services for only half of a season.

    Green is a restricted free agent so the Celtics can match any offer sheet made to him by another team and is due at least $5.91 million.

    It seems like a lock that Green will be brought back, and if he isn't, it makes Danny Ainge look really bad for the trade with Oklahoma City. 

Jamal Crawford

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    One of the biggest needs of the Boston Celtics is a scorer off the bench.

    It has been something that has eluded this squad for some years now and Jamal Crawford would be a perfect fit, as he can light it up off the bench. 

    Crawford was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2010, averaging 14.2 points per game off the bench.

    The only issue with this signing is if Crawford would be willing to take a pay cut from his 2010 salary of $10.1 million, as the C's could not afford him at that price. 

Kwame Brown

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    Kwame Brown is famous for being the No. 1 overall pick for the Washington Wizards that never really amounted to anything.

    Well last season Brown averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds and could be a great fit on the Boston Celtics. 

    Center is a position of need and Brown would come relatively cheap, as he made just $1.2 million last season. 

T.J. Ford

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    With Delonte West's status up in the air and Avery Bradley not yet ready to contribute major minutes, the Celtics are in need of a backup point guard to Rajon Rondo. 

    Ford averaged 5.4 points and 3.4 assists per game for the Indiana Pacers in 2010 and would be a solid backup for Rondo.

    He would likely have to take a salary cut from his $8.5 million payday in 2010 but it doesn't look like that would be a problem as he will have a backup role anywhere he signs. 

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis

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    There are a lot of people who dislike Big Baby in Boston but if he can get his mind off scoring the ball and just play his role, he could be a big asset.

    Just look at how he played two seasons ago when Kevin Garnett went down with a knee injury. If Davis can play like that still, you want him on your team.

    If the C's can bring back Baby at a reasonable price they will, but if he gets multi-year offers with a large raise from his $3.3 million base salary in 2010, it would be hard to see the Celtics bring him back.