The Boston Celtics don’t have a ton of financial wiggle room to work with this offseason. However, they do have some holes to fill if they want to put together the best roster possible.
Their starting lineup should be set — Marcus Smart, Evan Fournier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Robert Williams can lead the way in that regard.
However, if Brad Stevens wants to get older and add veterans, he has some work to do with the bench unit. Al Horford is a great start, but a lot more needs to be done.
Payton Pritchard, Aaron Nesmith, and Romeo Langford are all solid young pieces. Each has shown the ability to contribute when they need to, and they have the chance to develop into solid NBA players.
With that being said, that’s a super inexperienced lineup to bring off the bench every night. Bringing more veterans into the mix should be a top priority.
Those three players can still get regular minutes, but if things go awry, it’s nice to have some quality veterans to calm the storm.
Think about the other top teams in the league — most have a healthy mix of veterans.
Look at the two teams in the NBA Finals right now.
The Bucks have the likes of Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis, and Pat Connaughton while the Suns have players such as Jae Crowder and Dario Saric.
Each has amazing young players that help lead the way, but also made sure to sign some veterans that can contribute. Brad Stevens should look to follow that same formula.
With that being said, what guys are going to be available in free agency to fit that bill? More importantly, who won’t ask for a huge contract?