The Boston Celtics must replace frontcourt departures with depth signings
With Boston’s free agent signing of Oshae Brissett, the Celtics added a good depth piece at the power forward position. However, the team is lacking a center that can step in and provide quality minutes as a backup when members of the Porzingis/Horford/Timelord frontcourt trio inevitably miss games.
After shipping off Gallinari and Muscala to Washington, the Celtics could use one of the veteran big men left on the free-agent market. Boston could probably sign players like Bismack Biyombo and Montrezl Harrell to veteran minimum deals, but a higher-end option like Christian Wood would at least cost the mid-level exception.
Realistically, Boston would rather keep Grant Williams than let him go to open up the MLE for an expensive backup. The Celtics simply need to sign a cheap bench big or make a trade for one. An insurance policy for Boston’s primary frontcourt rotation could go a long way during the regular season.
Outside of Biyombo and Harrell, Omer Yurtseven could be a player worth taking a flier on. At just 25 years old, the seven-footer showed some glimpses of potential during his two seasons with Miami. Journeyman Dewayne Dedmon could also provide some stability in Boston’s big-man rotation.
The Celtics could also make a trade using some of the second-round picks Stevens accrued during the draft. Glass-crashing backups like Andre Drummond and Nick Richards would likely go for matching contracts and future second-round picks, deals worth making for a contender like Boston.