Boston Celtics: B/R tabs 3 prime free agents atop C’s wishlist

In Bleacher Report’s updated free agency big board, the Boston Celtics are linked to 3 intriguing frontcourt talents.

We’ve known for quite some time now that the Boston Celtics, despite being financially strapped heading into this offseason, will be somewhat active players on the free agency market.

Though they will only be able to shell out mid-level exception and veteran minimum contracts, as luck would have it they are reported to be seen as one of the most attractive landing spots for players willing to accept such deals this offseason, which is fantastic because, with the league’s salary situation, there could be plenty of quality players found within this pay-range.

We at the Houdini have put our opinions out there as to which free agents we believe to be worth the C’s time during this year’s free agency period.

Of course, we are not the only media outlet to do so.

Most recently, Bleacher Report writer Grant Hughes shared his thoughts on who should be atop Boston’s free-agent wishlist. Providing the names of 3 specific players, Hughes went on to list Paul Millsap, Harry Giles, and Maurice Harkless as prime matches for the franchise.

All three of these players have been brought up on HH as possible suitors for the Celtics at one point in the past, but the player we feel the strongest about the team pursuing is Millsap. In fact, we’ve gone as far as to say that attaining him would be a perfect offseason move for Danny Ainge and co. to make.

The B/R article went on to make the case that the pairing and Millsap and the Boston Celtics could be mutually beneficial:

Paul Millsap will probably have better offers, but if he departs the Denver Nuggets, the Celtics would give him one of the better chances to wind down his career on a winner. Boston could utilize him as a center against second units when Robert Williams III’s game wouldn’t make for a good matchup, and the veteran’s shooting and intelligence could juice an offense that sputtered during key moments of the 2020 playoffs.

Through 51 games played in 2019-20, the four-time All-Star managed to put up solid averages of 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game on 49 percent shooting from the floor and 44 percent shooting from deep (a career-best).

During the twilight of his career, Beantown should be seen as an ideal landing spot for the 14-year-veteran. In turn, being that he has still proven to be very productive — especially during Denver’s closeout victory in Game 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers where he was a +19 on the day — Boston should feel that a union with the 35-year-old would be beneficial for them as well.