2 players Celtics must sign in 2022 NBA free agency

The Boston Celtics came very close this past season to add another NBA Finals win to their legendary franchise. Despite losing to the Golden State Warriors, the 2021-2022 NBA campaign was an overall success for Boston. They worked their way through the first part of the season and rumors of a possible rebuild started to circulate. However, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Ime Udoka turned things around in January and never looked back.

So what can the Celtics do to improve this offseason? They don’t necessarily need to do anything big as their core is still intact. Sure, Kevin Durant would be a dream addition… but there are two players in the free agent market who would top the overall roster for a lesser price.

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2 Player Celtics Must Sign 2022 NBA Free Agency

2. Nicholas Batum

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, the Celtics are said to be interested in signing Nicolas Batum this off-season. But should Boston try to sign Batum?

The Celtics’ primary goal in NBA Free Agency 2022 is simply to tie up loose ends in the roster. Batum is a versatile defender who offers three-point ability. He could be a valuable off-bench weapon for Ime Udoka.

There is a belief that the Clippers and Batum have a common interest in reuniting. But the Celtics could poach the veteran with the right offer. Championship teams like the Warriors have strong veteran presences on their rosters. Andre Iguodala didn’t play much in the postseason but still helped the team with his presence on the bench.

So Nicolas Batum is a guy who makes sense for the Celtics from a talent and leadership perspective.

Award

I’m not technically including Patty Mills in this list. However, the Celtics would be wise to inquire about the veteran should he turn down his player option with the Brooklyn Nets. He would be a nice deep move behind Marcus Smart in the rotation. But Mills is expected to return to Brooklyn.

1. Otto Porter Jr

Otto Porter Jr appeared and played a huge role for the Warriors during the playoffs. He’s impressed a lot of people in the league and the Celtics have certainly noticed.

The 29-year-old is another versatile defender who offers athleticism, attacking prowess and a strong IQ on the pitch. Also, despite being a 9-year NBA veteran, he’s still quite young.

Otto Porter Jr. will not make or break a team. But it could be an important piece of the puzzle in the long run. The Celtics’ second unit would benefit from the addition of Porter Jr. He might even start a few games or play with the starting lineup at times when Udoka makes small-ball rotations next season. His defense would be crucial for the Celtics given his ability to protect post and wingers. He’s been listed as a small and powerful forward throughout his career, so the versatility is unquestionably there.

Porter Jr. is quite a similar player to Draymond Green. No, I don’t mean in the sense of technical fouls and hosting a podcast. But their abilities mirror each other. And greenery has been a staple in the Golden State for years. Porter Jr. could bring something similar to the table in Boston should the Celtics ink him this offseason.

Final Thoughts

These players could help get Boston over the hill next season. Boston are already a good team, but they could reach new heights if they add Nicolas Batum and/or Otto Porter Jr.

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