7 Role players Celtics could target to complement Jayson Tatum

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4. Tre Mann

Tre Mann has looked like a legitimate impact player since the trade deadline, which sent him to the Charlotte Hornets in the Gordon Hayward deal. And he’s been getting it done on both ends of the floor, as he’s averaged 1.6 stocks per game.

The third-year guard has averaged 11 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, while shooting 39.5 percent from three (3.8 attempts), 76.5 percent from the foul line, and 41.4 percent from the field. And he’s virtually automatic from the corners, as he’s making 50 percent of his corner 3-pointers.

Overall, the shooting efficiency leaves a lot to be desired, but the long-range shot is real, as he made 36 percent from deep as a rookie and was shooting a scorching 42.1 percent from three with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being dealt to the Buzz City.

Granted, scoring inside hasn’t necessarily been an easy task. And he’s not much of a defender.

He’s always had the ability to decelerate and get into his stepback jumper. The only reason he wasn’t getting playing time with the Oklahoma City Thunder is because of their depth at the guard position.

Mann has a good feel for the game and is a good processor, not to mention his quickness and shiftiness. And he can heat up at any point.

He can also play on and off the ball. Mann’s 2024-25 club option has already been picked up, so the Cs would have to make a trade for him, which should be easy, as he becomes a restricted free agent after next season. It’s hard to imagine the Hornets getting into a bidding war for Mann, whose minutes will be sliced once LaMelo Ball gets fully healthy.