Free Agents Boston Celtics Can Still Sign to Improve Roster

Published 11/28/2020, 11:06 AM EST
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics with ball during the Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on October 19, 2018 in Toronto, Canada (Toronto Raptors win 113-101) (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


The Boston Celtics have had a poor post-season. They lost Gordon Hayward to free agency after he rejected his $34 million player option. Hayward chose to sign with the Charlotte Hornets. However, the Celtics were able to sign Jayson Tatum to a massive extension.

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But hope is not lost for the Celtics. They can use the remaining free agents in order to bolster their bench. If given the chance, the Celtics should sign the following remaining free agents.

Shabazz Napier

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Shabazz Napier had one of his best seasons last year. After going to the Washington Wizards, he averaged close to 11 points and 4 assists per game.

Napier left Minnesota as part of a trade in February of this year. While the Wizards had a poor showing in the Orlando Bubble, Napier was a solid player off the bench.

Napier could provide solid back-up for the point-guard position. With the departure of Brad Wannamaker in free agency, the Celtics could do with more depth in the backcourt. Napier is a solid three-point shooter, a career 34%. He would be a good depth addition to the Celtics.

Dion Waiters

It is very surprising that Dion Waiters doesn’t have a standing offer from any team so far in free agency. While Waiters played very little during the 2019-20 season, he still had good numbers.

He averaged close to 11 points per game with both the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.

Waiters, like Napier, is a solid back-court option coming off the bench. And he is a good option from behind the three point line. Waiters could add good depth for the Celtics bench, which has been a problem for some time.

Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver is one of the best three point shooters in the NBA. An 18-year veteran in the NBA, Korver is a career 3-&-D player who is an efficient floor spacing option.

Korver was a bench player for the Milwaukee Bucks throughout the season, averaging close to 6 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist per game.

Korver would add veteran experience to a young Boston Celtics core and allow for greater three-point scoring for the team. Korver can provide solid backup for the Boston Celtics, and can step and provide points, given that he is a former All-Star.

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Slim pickings for the Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics failed to attract several free-agents in the market. And they lost a significant starter in Gordon Hayward. They cannot attract a significant star in free agency.

But they can bolster their bench with the players that are available in the free-agent pool right now. But they must move fast.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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