7 Role players Celtics could target to complement Jayson Tatum

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7. Jae'Sean Tate

Tate’s contributions were easy to gloss over, since they didn’t contribute much to winning. Not to blame Tate, as he’s simply a role players, which tend to stick out on teams with legitimate superstars, like the Celtics.

Rumor has it that the Cs had interest in a Grant Williams for Tate swap near the deadline last year, depending on who and what you believe.

Tate would be perfect for the Celtics, as he’s a lunch-pail guy who gives maximum effort on every play. Offensively, he possesses underrated playmaking chops, as he can be a secondary facilitator. And he has the versatility to play either forward spot and can even thrive as a small ball center (although his long-range shot needs a lot of work).

Tate is an excellent cutter to the basket and has made nearly 60 percent of his 2-pointers in nearly each of his four seasons.

And I haven’t mentioned his defense yet, which is his biggest contribution, as he provides elite defense on the wing and doesn’t back down from any matchup.

Tate technically has one year left, which is a team option.

It should be rather easy for the Celtics to pry Tate from Houston in the offseason, as his role has dwindled in each of the last three seasons to the point where he’s been permanently removed from former Celtics coach Ime Udoka’s lineup.

And next season, the Rockets will have Tari Eason back, who plays the same position as Tate (not to mention Dillon Brooks).