The Boston Celtics were expected to make a splash in 2016 free agency or in trades this summer. Despite the many NBA rumors, it looks like the Cs will have to settle with one star free agent signing (Al Horford) and recently re-signed role players Gerald Green and Tyler Zeller.
However, the offseason is not over yet and the Celtics could now be nearer to a blockbuster deal after they signed the veteran shooting guard and the back-up center on Friday.
Speculations the previous two weeks have linked the Celtics to superstars DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Gerald Green agreed to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum after spending last season with the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, Tyler Zeller signed a two-year deal worth $8M with Boston, his team the last two seasons.
Green and Zeller are good players but are not seen as starters. The Celtics still have lots of players available for trades and they could be made available if they want to get a superstar this summer.
In the guard depth chart for Boston are Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Avery Bradley; while the forward and big man depth for the Celtics feature Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown, Amir Johnson, Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk.
The Celtics were one of the teams seriously considered by star free agent Kevin Durant but the OKC superstar chose the Golden State Warriors.
In recent weeks, NBA rumors connected the Celtics to blockbuster deals that would have netted them either Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook or DeMarcus Cousins. However, no confirmed reports have been stated about a serious discussion by Boston with their respective teams.
The signing on Green and Zeller could pave way for Boston to chase that blockbuster deal with their added depth in the guard and front court rotations.
The Celtics for now are reportedly holding on to the future first round pick owed by the Brooklyn Nets to Boston. But that could change in the next few weeks if the Celtics want to add another star in their line-up.
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