Free Agent No. 5: Jae Crowder, Power Forward
In the trade that sent Dwight Powell and Rajon Rondo to Dallas back in December of 2014, the Celtics got back a package that included 3-and-D forward Jae Crowder. The former Marquette wing played 202 games for the Celtics across three seasons, still the most he has played for any one franchise.
Crowder is now a free agent and had a tough end to the season, unable to crack the Milwaukee Bucks’ full-time rotation in the playoffs. He is a tough defender at either forward position and a willing shooter, even if his actual accuracy runs hot or cold. Even with a shaky performance last season, he will probably be looking at the Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception at worst, and Boston probably needs someone more reliable if they’re going to invest more than the minimum.
Pass or Play: Pass
Free Agent No. 4: Jeff Green, Forward/Center
Jeff Green just won an NBA Championship with the Denver Nuggets, and as one of the league’s most beloved teammates and far-traveling journeymen, everyone was happy for him. That likely included the Boston Celtics, who supported Green through his missed season early in his career due to a heart condition. To see him still playing basketball 12 years later is incredible.
Green still has impressive athleticism at 36 years old, and he is a versatile defender and solid shooter who can play minutes at the 4 or 5. He’s an even better option than Dwight Powell as a fourth big to come in and replace Blake Griffin. He is likely to re-sign with the Nuggets, but if he’d like to return to the East Coast the Celtics could certainly use him.
Pass or Play: Play