MassLive's Brian Robb linked a trio of sharpshooters -- a list that included Detriot Pistons wings Alec Burks and Joe Harris and guard Monte Morris -- to the Boston Celtics in the buyout market should the Pistons continue losing as expected. Robb did note, though, that it's still too early to tell exactly which teams will be buying out players at this point; not to mention the possibility of Detroit finding value for these players in trades.
"As far as buyout options go for this season, it’s hard to really gauge that at the point," Robb prefaced before saying, "There are some obvious lottery teams (Washington, Charlotte, Portland, San Antonio) that may have some veterans become available after the trade deadline but a lot of those guys could simply be dealt before then. Guys like Joe Harris, Monte Morris, Alec Burks, Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala are all on expiring deals. The latter two would not be eligible to sign with Boston though if they were bought out."
Harris has fallen off in a new role for the Pistons after emerging as an NBA rotation player with the Brooklyn Nets. Burks, though, is Detroit's second-leading scorer. The odds are high that the Pistons will want to find value for the 32-year-old.
Monte Morris would be ideal Boston Celtics buyout target
Morris is the most interesting name here as a player who hasn't logged a minute of floor time since March when he was a member of the Washington Wizards. The Celtics have a potentially historically great starting five, but there is a need for playmaking in the second unit with Payton Pritchard's career-high 3.5 assists per game needing a backcourt complement. Morris, when healthy, has sixth man type qualities.
Of course, the healthy question is what will determine whether Morris can return to form or if he will even be available on the buyout market at all.