About two weeks into the 2016-2017 NBA Season, the Boston Celtics are still surrounded by speculations about how they can acquire another crucial piece to help them in the new season.
NBA rumors claim the availability of J.R. Smith in free agency and Celtics starting point guard Isaiah Thomas agrees that they need to add another scorer for the team.
Thomas said in a recent interview that the team should add a “knockdown shooter”, a type of player that is fit with how Smith plays.
“Someone who can put the ball in the basket. A knockdown shooter would be what we need. I’m not saying anything against the guys that are on this team right now, because we have a talented group,” Thomas said to ESPN.
“But I think that is the most important thing we need. We need spacing, because we got a lot of guys that can create and attack the basket, but we definitely need spacing.”
The problem for the Celtics is that they don’t have much money left in their salary cap. They can offer Smith about $9 million per season but the shooting guard is reportedly demanding about $15 million per year for his new contract.
The Cavaliers and Smith are still involved in a lot of drama with regards to the contract negotiations with Cleveland reportedly offering just $10 to $12 million per season.
If the Celtics steal Smith away from the Cavaliers this offseason, it’s a big move for the franchise that wants to beat LeBron James in the playoffs. Getting Smith means they add another shooter and scorer but it also means that they get the starting SG from their Eastern Conference rivals.
Thomas, who averaged a team-high 22.2 points per game last year will have a new teammate that can help him score in Al Horford, who was signed by the Celtics this offseason. Adding J.R. Smith will give Boston the knockdown shooter and possibly the third best offensive player in the team.
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