7 Free agent point guard targets for the Celtics after trading Marcus Smart

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Cory Joseph
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Cory Joseph (unrestricted)

Another potentially low-budget option for the Boston Celtics at the point guard position heading into free agency is Cory Joseph. As an unrestricted free agent, the experienced and well-traveled Joseph could be viewed as an appealing target for the Celtics. Joseph is coming off back-to-back quality seasons with the Detroit Pistons. This past year, he averaged seven points and four assists on 39 percent shooting from 3-point range.

At 31 years old, the Celtics would know what they’re getting in Joseph. He’s a professional in every sense of the word and could still offer the team a valued presence off the bench. If Boston has any concerns about the long-term durability of Brogdon, or even if they end up trading him this offseason, Joseph would be a fitting backup.

Joseph wouldn’t be a big splash for the Celtics but he could end up being one of those underrated offseason moves that ends up paying huge dividends when the Celtics need it most. He may not be the first option for the Celtics when free agency opens, but he also shouldn’t be completely counted out if they are looking for a backup point guard. If nothing else, he’s a name to keep an eye on for the Celtics.