The Boston Celtics are one of the teams looking to be aggressive during the 2016 NBA Draft. They have a high draft pick, at No. 3 and NBA rumors are claiming that they are making it available to net a superstar in a trade.
Aside from the third overall pick, they also have salary cap space to chase a top free agent in the market. Is it possible that they sign veteran center Dwight Howard to a long-term deal this summer to help them become NBA title contenders next season?
The Celtics are expected to try to sign Kevin Durant first early in free agency. However, Durant has many other suitors and it’s likely that he re-signs with the Oklahoma City Thunder after their great showing in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
If the Celtics fail to get KD, there is a possibility that they settle for someone like Howard, who is also expected to demand a max contract. The 30-year-old Howard won’t contribute on offense like Durant but he is still one of the better defensive and rebounding big men in the league.
The Celtics can also trade their No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft to get another superstar who will complement Howard’s inside game. With Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley at the guards’ spot, Boston may be looking to add a scoring forward to their line-up.
Dwight Howard officially opted out of the final year of his contract with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. This means he becomes one of the top center free agents this summer and is expected to be the NBA rumors at this point of the 2016 offseason.
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