7 Free agents who should be on Celtics' summer wish list

The Celtics will target these free agents on the open market this offseason.

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2. Jae Crowder

Crowder had arguably his best season with the Celtics in 2016. The 6’6 forward spent three years in Boston, and the franchise made the playoffs each time. Not uncommon for Crowder as his team has qualified for the postseason for a decade straight with plenty of credit to him. The 33-year-old is a role player who helps his team win.

Crowder can defend multiple positions, rebound, and sink open threes. His shooting is inconsistent, and the veteran can no longer handle 30-plus minutes every night. He is best coming off the bench and playing 20 to 25. Crowder is still searching for his first ring and could be on the move if the Bucks crash out of the playoffs early this summer.

The Celtics would welcome a reunion if the 12-year NBA veteran is willing to come off the bench behind Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. There is 20-plus minutes per game available for Crowder, and the veteran could play with any group if he wants more run.

The return of Jae Crowder would plug a hole for the Cs, but the team did not show interest in 2022 when the 6’6 forward held out. He was ultimately traded from Phoenix to the Bucks, but it took months. Boston may be in on the free agent bidding this summer, but they can only offer a minimum deal. Crowder must believe it is his best shot at a ring if he is going to return to Boston.