By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on March 15, 2014
The Boston Celtics owe it to their fans to assemble a winning team next season. The goal for the Celtics is to be playoff contenders and ultimately, NBA Finals Contenders. Here are five free agents the Celtics should target in order to reach their championship aspirations in the upcoming seasons.
Spencer Hawes would fulfill two needs for the Celtics: perimeter shooting and size. Boston lacks size in the frontcourt and could use perimeter shooters to spread the floor. Rajon Rondo is much more successful with long-range shooters on the court with him. He also has knack for finding big men underneath. Hawes, at the right price, would be a terrific addition to the team.
Admit it Celtics fans, you want Paul Pierce back in a Celtics' uniform one last time. If the Celtics have a chance to be contenders next season, they should look into the homecoming of Piece. How sweet it would be to have him back in green.
I don't see any reason why the Phoenix Suns would let Eric Bledsoe go, but the Celtics should still make a strong push to acquire the young guard. He's explosive, can score in a variety of ways and still hasn't reached his full potential. He and Rondo would make a good combination.
The Celtics' need for size is apparent and Greg Monroe would be perfectly fill that void for Boston. He works hard on the boards, is a strong finisher and has excellent passing abilities. He and Jared Sullinger would make for a talented frontcourt.
Gordon Hayward was made to be a Boston Celtic. He's a versatile, knock-down shooter with solid defensive intangibles. His ties with Brad Stevens are also a plus and could be a reason for him to sign with Boston. I would love to see him on the wing at the Garden.
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