Boston Celtics: J.R. Smith and 5 Free Agents C's Should Avoid

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IJune 15, 2012

Boston Celtics: J.R. Smith and 5 Free Agents C's Should Avoid

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    If the Boston Celtics don’t re-sign Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, they’ll have plenty of money to spend this offseason.

    As we’ve seen in the past, NBA teams are prone to overpaying for middle-of-the-road players and end up setting the franchise back several years in the process.

    In order for the Celtics to reload without having to rebuild, they’ll need to spend their money wisely in free agency.

    Let’s take a look at five players the Celtics should avoid this offseason.

5. Marcus Camby, C

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    Camby is a great defensive center. He averaged nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, starting most of the games for the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets this season.

    However, he’s 38 years old and made nearly $13 million in 2011-'12. That’s far too much for the Celtics to pay for a guy who will end up having to come off the bench.

    Plus, at age 38, injuries are practically inevitable.

    Boston can’t afford to sign another center who might miss extended periods of time.

4. Boris Diaw, F/C

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    Diaw basically quit on the Charlotte Bobcats this season, so he can’t be trusted to try his hardest at all times. That’s something Doc Rivers won’t put up with.

    Also, Diaw is only 6'8", so if the Celtics re-sign Brandon Bass and Jeff Green, they won’t really have a need for an undersized power forward/center like Diaw.

    Boston would be better off spending the $9 million it would likely take to sign Diaw to improve its team in other ways.

3. Kris Humphries, F

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    Humphries is a double-double machine, averaging 13.8 points and 11 rebounds per game this season.

    But, with the transition the Celtics are undergoing, Humphries won’t really fit in with Boston. He’s not a good fast-break player, preferring to play on the block in the half-court offense instead.

    He won’t be a good complement to Rondo and would end up slowing the offense down too much.

    He’s a good player; he’d just be better off signing somewhere besides Boston.

2. Josh Howard, G/F

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    If the Celtics do indeed lose Kevin Garnett this offseason, the locker room will lose a true leader and an excellent veteran presence.

    Therefore, they’ll need to make sure they don’t add too many players who have the potential to upset team chemistry.

    Rondo is already aloof and combative at times, so making sure none of the new players clash with him will be a big priority.

    Even though Howard might be tempting as a cheap source of bench points, the Celtics should avoid him.

    He hasn’t been healthy in years and keeps seeing his minutes and production decline.

1. J.R. Smith, G

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    Much like Howard, Smith is a guy who tends to rub some teammates the wrong way.

    Plus, he shoots too often at times and isn’t a great passer. He’s an exciting player that can certainly take over games from time to time, but he’s not Celtics material.

    His 12.5 points per game will be tempting, but he’s not the kind of player the Celtics need on their bench.

    They need a guy who can score the ball efficiently, rather than a guy who needs 20 shots to get 12 points.