Analyst wonders if rumored Boston Celtics free agent target can have Al Horford-like comeback

One analyst wonders if one of the rumored free agent targets on the Boston Celtics' radar can have an Al Horford-type comeback.

Nov 17, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;  Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) reacts after making a
Nov 17, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) reacts after making a / Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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Celtics Wire's Justin Quinn believes that Blake Griffin is worth consideration as a free agent addition for the Boston Celtics' 15th roster spot if the 34-year-old can have an Al Horford-esque renaissance after time away.

"At the start of the 2023-24 season, there was speculation Griffin might be up to return later in the season so he can spend more time with his family (and save wear and tear on his body)," Quinn prefaced before saying, "If that speculation proves correct, we’ve seen what a well-rested Griffin can do — and with an Al-Horford-in-OKC-type break to go with it, a late-season signing with all his veteran savvy could accomplish much of the non-regular season aspects of what Boston still lacks."

Ultimately, though, Quinn felt as though relying on Griffin was a risky proposition given the spotty availability of Horford and Kristaps Porzingis in the frontcourt.

"This seems quite far from something to depend on — especially as the minutes pile up on the legs of Boston’s non-iron man frontcourt players," Quinn wrote.

Boston Celtics should consider signing multiple big men

There are multiple non-guaranteed contracts on the C's cap sheet that can be terminated without penalty before the start of the 2024 calendar year. Lamar Stevens, who can't find the floor, and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who is shooting below 30% from the 3-point line despite being a shooter first and foremost, are easy to cut bait with and find replacements for.

Even Luke Kornet could be worth replacing, considering how far the defense and rebounding falls off when he's on the floor.

It could behoove the Celtics to sign two big men, with one of them being Griffin and another being a younger and more defensive-minded option. Then, while the front office is at it, they can find a veteran who can pick up the slack from Payton Pritchard, whose development has stunted after signing a long-term extension in the offseason.