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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4. Jae’Sean Tate

Tate needs a change of scenery. His minutes and production have decreased in each of his four NBA seasons with the Rockets. The 6’4 forward went undrafted after four years at Ohio State and spent two years overseas before coming to Houston. He is undersized but has a versatile skill set and a willingness to play any role.

The Rockets have a $7 million team option on Tate's contract for the 2024-25 season. He is playing just 16.1 minutes per game this season and has slipped to the fringes of their rotation down the stretch. It is a reasonable number, but letting go may be best for both sides.

The 28-year-old will have options. He is a below-average shooter but can defend multiple positions and make a few plays. Multiple teams will likely offer him a contract, but he will have to settle for the minimum if he wants to join a contender. If he decides to chase a championship, the Celtics should be high on his priority list.

The Boston Celtics have been searching for a wing or forward capable of backing up Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. They signed multiple options in the 2023 offseason and none worked out as planned. Jae’Sean Tate is worth a shot, even if he ends up as an end-of-the-bench option in Beantown.