6 Cheap veterans Celtics can target this offseason

The Celtics should look at these veterans this summer to improve their title odds.

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The Boston Celtics have the best record in the NBA and are among the title favorites. Their focus is winning their 18th championship and first since 2008. They have the talent, but there are still issues to sort out.

Boston is not just trying to win this season. They want to build a sustainable contender around Jayson Tatum, which means improving their roster every chance they get. The Celtics will be over the second tax apron and have limited avenues to upgrade. Trades are nearly impossible, and Boston can only hand out minimum contracts in free agency.

They will be shopping in the bargain bin, but who can the Cs add to boost their title odds? Boston has the best top-six in the NBA. They will be focused on improving their depth and versatility. Here are some cheap options worth exploring, including bringing back a fan favorite.

6. Daniel Theis

The Celtics brought Theis over from Germany in 2017, and the 6’8 big man quickly jumped into their rotation. He was part of three playoff teams, including two that reached the conference finals before being traded to Chicago in 2021. Boston brought him back the following season. Theis played a valuable role in the Celtics 2022 squad that reached the NBA Finals. He was traded again following the campaign in the Malcolm Brogdon deal.

He is one of the team’s most popular role players in recent years. Fans connected with his gritty play, and they would love to see him return.

Daniel Theis will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and is still searching for his first ring. He could return to his roots and battle for the third big-man role with Luke Kornet. Theis would have to take a minimum contract, but it could be his best shot at winning a championship.

Beyond bringing back Theis, the Boston Celtics would love to add another wing or forward to improve their depth this summer and will be searching for veteran options with playoff experience.