By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on May 14, 2014
The Boston Celtics don't have a huge need at the power forward position, but if they are to be contenders next season it could use an upgrade. Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass are serviceable players, but they could easily be traded away and may not be long-term solutions. Boston could also have a PF-duo to man the frontcourt, but that would make the defense suffer. Here are 5 power forwards Boston should target this offseason.
Humphries had a solid year for the Celtics this past season. He was a consistent rebounder and a reliable bruiser down low. If Brandon Bass is involved in a trade, the Celtics should consider bringing Humphries back as a key role player.
Payne, who could be acquired by the Celtics with their second first-round pick, is a pure athlete with lots of energy and a reliable perimeter shot. Boston lacks athleticism in their frontcourt, so Payne would be an excellent addition.
Vonleh is an intriguing prospect with a lot of upside. He's tall, lengthy and boasts offensive similarities to Chris Bosh. He's far from a finished product, but he could be a star-caliber player someday. Boston would be able to keep both him and Jared Sullinger as the frontcourt starters.
If Randle is available when the Celtics pick in the draft, they can't pass him up. He's a double-double machine who can score in a variety of ways. Randle can post up, drive to the basket and hit the perimeter jumper. Drafting Randle would most likely make Sullinger a trade chip in another deal.
If anyone is in position to acquire Kevin Love, it is the Boston Celtics. Boston has plenty of draft picks and young talent to offer to Minnesota for the All-Star. However, Sullinger would probably have to be involved in the trade. It would be unwise for the Celtics to have a frontcourt containing Sullinger and Love. It would be too redundant and the defense would suffer, but Rajon Rondo would love to be paired up with Love.
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