This offseason, the Boston Celtics could realistically be looking for a center to add to their roster for the 2020-21 campaign.
The Boston Celtics came into the 2020 NBA Draft in need of added talent at the center position.
They didn’t wind up getting it, as they opted to select wing Aaron Nesmith, point guard Payton Pritchard, and combo guard Yam Madar.
Now, as we head deeper into the offseason and into free agency, we see the shamrocks linked to a few big men talents on the open market, such as Paul Millsap, Tristan Thompson, and Dwight Howard.
While each of these aforementioned players are good in their own right, none of them bring that added firepower that the team desperately needs within the frontcourt.
At this point, if Danny Ainge and co. wish to bring on an upgrade to what they already have at center, it will likely have to come either through a diamond in the rough free agency signing or via the trading route.
Today, we present to you 3 realistic center Boston could pursue in a deal this offseason:
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Center Boston Celtics could target No. 1) Steven Adams
The most recent player to be linked to the Boston Celtics is Oklahoma City Thunder big man, Steven Adams.
After the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, it’s evident that the franchise is willing to offload some of their bigger contracts in an effort to keep their books clear for the future.
Being that they just brought in the likes of center Al Horford, who is on quite a hefty contract himself, Sam Presti could view Adams — the highest-paid player on the Thunder — and the remaining year of his contract as expendable.
Adams is a tough/ high-great energy who is willing to bang down low and instill fear in opposing players when they drive with his bulky stature (6-11, 250 pounds). Frankly, after this year’s Eastern Conference Finals appearance against the Miami Heat, it’s evident that this is something Boston could use down low, as Bam Adebayo simply had a field day against the C’s current crop of bigs.
On the year, the seventh-year veteran posted averages of 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game on 59 percent shooting from the floor.
A player who does not need the ball in his hands to make an impact and someone who can set screens and gobble up boards, bringing on the expiring contract of Steven Adams could be an intriguing move for this championship-aspiring Boston team to consider this offseason.