The Boston Celtics are currently looking like the top team in the NBA with their outstanding starting five. With their elite starting five, there are still some holes on the bench — and what the Celtics need is a solid wing off of the bench that can give both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown a rest.
Among the names on the market for hire are several players the Cs flirted with but ultimately never did business with. For example, in February of 2023, the Boston Celtics were looking at adding the services of a solid veteran point-forward, Will Barton.
And where there was once a fit…well, that same fit is still there actually.
Will Barton could serve in same role for Boston Celtics he would’ve last season
Chowder and Champions’ Tarringo Basile-vaughan once positively assessed the fit between Boston and Barton.
“While the Celtics have a lot of versatility on their roster, a capable 6-foot-6 wing off the bench like Barton would be an added plus behind 2023 NBA All-Star MVP Jayson Tatum and two-time NBA All-Star Jaylen Brown,” Basile-vaughan wrote.
With Barton still being available this season, the Boston Celtics could find themselves with a similar interest to this past February. The concern the roster is having is where will the offense come when the starters aren’t able to produce, due to natural off-nights or unavailability, and Barton is the kind of player who can give the Celtics 20 points off the bench on any given night.
Barton is not someone who Celtics fans should see as any sort of savior, but rather a contributor who could be the difference in key games down the stretch — if the Celtics are to have any issues at all and aren’t just far ahead of the rest of the Eastern Conference pack by that point — or in the playoffs.
Who says no?