The Boston Celtics will indefinitely look for cheap options on the free-agent market this offseason. Perhaps they could find a bargain in the form of a player fighting for one more chance at a life in the NBA.
With reports circulating that a return to action is well within the realm of possibility, Boston Celtics fans should feel a sense of true relief — their quest for banner number 18 still lives on in 2019-20.
Prior to the COVID-19 induced hiatus that started on March 11th, the shamrocks were in the midst of their sixth straight playoff-bound campaign. Accumulated a record of 43-21, the Cs ranked in at the third seed in the Eastern Conference and in the fifth seed in the entire association.
With the likes of All-Stars Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, potential Most Improved Player candidate Jaylen Brown, a seemingly resurgent Gordon Hayward, and the Swiss Army man himself Marcus Smart all being led by one of the league’s best Head Coaches in Brad Stevens it’s hard to wonder how they managed to achieve such success this year.
However, even with these undeniable truths, it’s foolish to try and argue the Boston Celtics are a flawless unit. From their secondary offensive production to their entire center rotation, there are various holes on the team’s roster that holds them back from being seen as true title favorites.
Do we believe the Cs have a legitimate shot at taking home the Larry O’Brien trophy by season’s end? Of course!
Still, to say the odds are in their favor would be somewhat of a fallacy.
Regardless of the outcome of the season is for the Celtics, you can best believe the front office will be looking into ways of how to better their roster in preparation for 2020-21. With the fact that they’ll be strapped for cash this offseason due to the ample contracts already on the roster and Tatum’s looming contract extension, Danny Ainge will likely look to the bargain-bin to try and add veteran additions to the roster come next year’s campaign.
Should the front office care to get a little more frisky in their decision making, they could opt to go after those players who are seeking one last chance to prove their worth in the NBA and, thus, will likely try and be on their best behavior and give it their all if bestowed an opportunity.
Though there are many “last chance” talents that could be included in this piece, here are two specific players that come to the Houdini’s mind: