The Boston Celtics offseason got off to a great start. They only made a few moves, but the moves they made were amazing. They appear ready to sign Danilo Gallinari once he’s released by the San Antonio Spurs and struck a deal with the Indiana Pacers for Malcolm Brogdon where they gave up virtually nothing to get him.
The Celtics are undoubtedly in a better position than they were at the start of the offseason. But steps still need to be taken if the front office feels the urge to do so. With that in mind, here are two other free agents Boston could sign this offseason.
Boston Celtics Free Agent Target #2: TJ Warren
TJ Warren is one of the most interesting players to hit the free agent market this offseason. Warren exploded during the 2020 NBA bubble, averaging 26.6 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game in the 10 contests the Pacers competed in during their stint in the bubble. It’s safe to say that Warren was ready to take the next step in his career.
The problem is that Warren has only played four games since the blister from a foot injury. At this point in his career, he’s an extreme wild card. He could prove to be one of the biggest steals out there if he’s able to come back and play like he did in the bubble. But he could also lose some of his skills through what is essentially a two-year layoff.
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If Warren is ready, he’ll offer another potential wing option off the bench behind Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Boston has good depth across the board, but they don’t have a wingman on their bench who can offer similar things to Tatum and Brown.
Warren is a solid isolation scorer who can bring Buckers off the bench, something Boston lacked in its run to the Finals a few weeks ago. He can score in color while also making his mark as a knockdown shooter. Warren has also proven to be a capable defender, and you can never have enough long, long-limbed defenders on your roster.
Boston added Gallinari, but he’s more of a profile as a pure offensive threat. Due to his defensive limitations, he could be played out of rotation on the track. Warren is like a lottery ticket; He’s worth trying, but if he doesn’t show up, the team won’t be destroyed.