The Boston Celtics seemed to be a plausible option for Paul Millsap to sign with this offseason for a while.
Things seem to have changed, though. Millsap is being rumored for a handful of teams looking to make the jump to contender status, but the Cs are not one of them.
In scanning the list of Millsap suitors, it becomes readily apparent that teams lacking size are looking for him to be an impact addition to the frontcourt. Boston has not been one of those teams for years, but they are particularly potent at the pivot at this point in time.
Robert Williams is a full-fledged starter who was given an extension this past offseason. Al Horford and Enes Kanter are back in the fold. Bruno Fernando lurks on the backend of the depth chart as a potential pleasant surprise should injuries cause Ime Udoka to dig deep on his roster.
Millsap may not have a spot, especially when you consider the possible small-ball arrangements Udoka could deploy in his first year in charge. The Cs are a wing-heavy team now moreso than ever with the addition of Josh Richardson in the offseason.
I’ve advocated for Millsap donning green for the first time. To me, Millsap joining Al Horford is a match made for the Boston Celtics second unit.
Objectively, I could say that the Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets may be able to get more out of a potential Millsap signing than Boston will. Chicago adding him would be a moral victory for a Bulls fanbase ready to see the Bulls compete in the postseason. The Los Angeles Clippers would be interesting for the 36-year-old considering how close they were to the promised land even shorthanded in 2020-21.
It was an idea that made sense once upon a time, but that time has passed.