Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly targeting Monta Ellis of the Indiana Pacers to join their team next season.
The Boston Celtics are near to complete their roster for the 2016-17 NBA season. However, there are speculations that the Celtics are still eyeing to make an upgrade to their roster. In the recent free agency, the Celtics succeeded to acquire Al Horford but failed to get their main target, Kevin Durant.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge revealed that the team is not yet done in improving their roster. As of now, Al Horford was their only biggest acquisition this offseason. However, there are rumors that the Celtics are eyeing to address some area they need to improve.
The 2016 NBA playoffs showed what the Boston Celtics needs to improve this offseason. In their first-round loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the team only shot 38 percent from the floor and 28 percent from the three-point range. This obviously showed that the Celtics should add a player with a high shooting percentage.
“Shooting is always going to be a priority,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said.
The Boston Celtics were reportedly interested in acquiring Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith, who is currently a free agent. However, there has been no indication that Smith and the Cavaliers are willing to part ways.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insider revealed that the Indiana Pacers are actively shopping shooting guard Monta Ellis. They have not received much interest from other NBA teams in the league. The Celtics should inquire from the Pacers regarding what they can offer to acquire Ellis.
Monta Ellis has been a disappointment with the Indiana Pacers last season mainly because of being uncomfortable with Frank Vogel’s system. However, he still managed to average 13.8 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game. He shot 42.7 percent from the field and hit 30.9 percent from the three-point range.
The Boston Celtics are currently in need of an additional player who could work alongside Isaiah Thomas. Monta Ellis will surely be a good fit for the role. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens can use him as a slasher and a secondary ball-handler to reduce the load from Thomas.
The Celtics have plenty of trade assets to offer to the Indiana Pacers. Both teams are currently eyeing to be a title contender in the Eastern Conference. It will not be a surprise if the Celtics and the Pacers pull the trigger in order to address the areas they need to improve this offseason.
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