The Boston Celtics are looking to get younger and more athletic throughout the roster, and one area they need to improve is in the back court where they need more explosiveness besides point guard Rajon Rondo. Avery Bradley took a big step backwards in his play last season after returning from a serious injury. He proved that he does have a ceiling in his play and that Celtics management should not be expecting any sort of break out from him in the near future.
One player the Celtics clearly like is Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. He has come a long way in his overall play this past season and he looks like a guy who could be a potential fixture for an organization for years to come. The one area in particular he has to improve in is his outside shooting. Opposing teams do not respect his outside shot and that is one part of his game that needs to get better. Larry Bird’s return to the organization should only benefit Stephenson’s play.
The Celtics see the opportunity in acquiring a young player that is still years away from his prime. It would not be easy to acquire Stephenson, but you can bet they would do everything in their power to bring him to Boston. A swap of Bradley for Stephenson makes a ton of sense for both sides as the Pacers have become one of the premier defensive teams in the NBA. Stephenson has a higher ceiling than Bradley, and that is the type of player Celtics GM Danny Ainge will be looking for.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18