By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on May 3, 2014
The Boston Celtics are in prime position to improve their roster this offseason. They have two first-round pics, including a highly-probable top 5 pick. The Celtics have plenty of ammo and cap space to make a big splash into contention for next season. Here are 5 players the Celtics should consider targeting this offseason.
Sanders is a huge risk. He carries a financial commitment, did not stay healthy and has plenty of off-court issues to deal with. However, when he's right he's the dominant defensive center in the NBA. Boston's biggest weakness is rim protection and height. The Bucks probably do not want to deal with this guy, which makes him extremely expendable.
If the Celtics want a less-risky, defensive-minded center, then Omer Asik is the better option. Asik is a legit seven-footer who can rebound and control the paint. He's older than Sanders, but only has one more year left on his contract.
The Warriors have to decide to either pay Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes. The Celtics could save Golden State a headache by offering Brandon Bass, who has an expiring contract, and a first-round pick for Barnes. Barnes has been growing steadily, but should surely blossom in the next couple of years. He could grow up a lot under Brad Stevens and reach his full potential.
Hayward does it all. He is a versatile, knock-down three-pint shooter, he rebounds, he is unselfish and he plays adequate defense. Hayward would fit perfectly with the Celtics. However, he is a restricted free agent, so the Jazz would be stupid to not match an offer made to him.
Only a handful of teams can acquire Kevin Love before he hits free agency. One of those teams is the Celtics. Boston has plenty of first-round picks and young talent to entice Minnesota to get something before Love leaves. Pairing Love up with Rajon Rondo could put the Celtics right back in contention.
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