The Boston Celtics have a frontcourt depth problem that Kristaps Porzingis' calf injury injury is about to exacerbate. But luckily, the free-agent market has an answer, though it's not one that comes without a great deal of controversy from the past: Meyers Leonard.
Last season while in a limited role, the center shot about 39% from the three-point line. It is also worth noting that in his final full season in the league, the interrupted 2019-2020 season from the NBA bubble during the COVID-19 pandemic, he shot an amazing 41% from three.
As previously mentioned, though, there are some controversial caveats included in any potential Meyers addition.
Meyers Leonard was rightfully punished, but also rightfully given another chance to make things right -- and Boston Celtics should honor that
Leonard has made pretty painful mistakes in his past that everyone is aware of. The most important thing in life is not about how you start it is about how you finish. And it's certainly not over yet for Leonard, who was able to return to the floor during the 2022-23 season after showing remorse for his misdeeds.
Leonard can right the wrongs of his past with continued work in a Boston community capable of providing him with many chances.
The cost to bring Leonard aboard is very minimal, and the big man would have two of the biggest problems for the team: giving them the big body they need amidst Porzingis's absence in the short-term and a reliable option that can make the outside shots for the team once the Latvian star returns.
Leonard can shine in this role if it is presented to him -- and it would just make sense for the Celtics to explore this route. With many redemption tales taking place in this city over the years, Leonard could be the latest.