By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on May 13, 2014
The Boston Celtics need to strengthen the point-guard position this offseason. Rajon Rondo, a very expendable piece, and Phil Pressey, an undrafted free agent, are the only PGs under contract. Boston should look to add a serviceable veteran or even draft a young point-guard. Here are five different point-guards the Celtics should look to acquire this offseason.
Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, will be difficult to pry away from the Phoenix Suns, but it is worth a shot. Bledsoe is a terrific up-and-coming offensive player with a special skill set. He is more of shooting guard and could play next to Rondo. Again, it is a long shot.
Adding a veteran point-guard to back up Rondo, or whoever is at the helm for the Celtics next season, would be a great addition for this team. Hinrich is tough, plays defense and can shoot from the perimeter. He'd be the perfect for this team and would add leadership. The 33-year-old would strengthen the Celtics' bench for sure.
Napier could be available when the Celtics use their second pick in the first round. He has great scoring ability with a knack for the big shot. His leadership skills are also very impressive and much needed for this Celtics team. Napier could serve as the backup PG for a year behind Rondo and then take over as the starter in the 2015-16 season. The UConn product would be excellent value at No. 17.
Exum is a top-5 prospect in this year's draft class. He has incredible play-making skills and has the ability to drive to the basket and finish. At 6-foot-6, he's a matchup nightmare for most opposing point-guards. If the Celtics were to draft Exum, trading Rondo would be a must.
Marcus Smart is a special combo guard with terrific scoring ability. He's tough, he competes and he plays to win. If the Celtics were to draft him they have plenty of options as to where to use him because of his versatility. He could either take over the PG position and trade Rondo, or they can have Smart start as the SG and start next to Rondo. Either way, Smart is a great fit for the Celtics.
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