Celtics reportedly have interest in Jeff Green, Rudy Gay, others before free agency

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Who did the Celtics trade for Josh Richardson?

Richardson, entering his seventh year, would join his fourth team in four seasons, providing the Celtics with a two-way boost. The Boston Celtics have made yet another move under team president Brad Stevens, acquiring swingman Josh Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks for center Moses Brown. NBA.comCeltics acquire versatile swingman Josh Richardson from Mavericks

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Rumored Boston Celtics free agent targets: Jeff Green, Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley

Celtics Blog 02 August, 2021 - 05:00am

Brad Stevens getting the band back together?

According to a league source, the Celtics prefer to pursue a player with extensive experience and are focused on adding size and shooting, and forward Jeff Green is believed to be a primary target. Green played for the Celtics from 2011-2015, including a season and a half with Stevens as his head coach.

Green has carved out a nice niche for himself in this league. Not as the star that many in Boston hoped he’d become, but rather as a high quality veteran bench player. I’ve said several times that the team could use a stretch 4 that can defend. Green could be perfect in that role.

Olynyk’s strong finish to last season after being traded to the Rockets could keep him out of the Celtics’ price range, but Olynyk loved his time in Boston and kept a home here after departing in 2017. Gay, meanwhile, played for San Antonio while Udoka was an assistant there. He made 38.1 percent of his 3-pointers last season.

Backcourt options include players such as Spurs veteran Patty Mills—who was also coached by Udoka—and former Celtics guard Avery Bradley, according to a league source.

Brad Stevens had a lot of success with those players as a coach. Seems like he’d like to find some of that old magic once again. Hey, why not bring Evan Turner back off the bench while we’re at it?

I will point out that a lot of former coaches who take on the general manager role tend to fall back on former players that they “trust.” Sometimes that works out and other times the players have regressed to the point that only a former coach would value them. Hopefully this is more the former than the latter.

As always with free agency, the price tag matters. The Celtics will have to prioritize who they want to spend the money that they have and hope that their top choices take it (before the market passes them by).

Should be a very interesting first few days of free agency. Remember that last year our free agency was delayed in part because the team was waiting on a decision from Gordon Hayward. This year it seems the front office has lined up their transactions and should be ready to go from the opening bell.

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NBC Sports 02 August, 2021 - 05:00am

Brad Stevens getting the band back together?

According to a league source, the Celtics prefer to pursue a player with extensive experience and are focused on adding size and shooting, and forward Jeff Green is believed to be a primary target. Green played for the Celtics from 2011-2015, including a season and a half with Stevens as his head coach.

Green has carved out a nice niche for himself in this league. Not as the star that many in Boston hoped he’d become, but rather as a high quality veteran bench player. I’ve said several times that the team could use a stretch 4 that can defend. Green could be perfect in that role.

Olynyk’s strong finish to last season after being traded to the Rockets could keep him out of the Celtics’ price range, but Olynyk loved his time in Boston and kept a home here after departing in 2017. Gay, meanwhile, played for San Antonio while Udoka was an assistant there. He made 38.1 percent of his 3-pointers last season.

Backcourt options include players such as Spurs veteran Patty Mills—who was also coached by Udoka—and former Celtics guard Avery Bradley, according to a league source.

Brad Stevens had a lot of success with those players as a coach. Seems like he’d like to find some of that old magic once again. Hey, why not bring Evan Turner back off the bench while we’re at it?

I will point out that a lot of former coaches who take on the general manager role tend to fall back on former players that they “trust.” Sometimes that works out and other times the players have regressed to the point that only a former coach would value them. Hopefully this is more the former than the latter.

As always with free agency, the price tag matters. The Celtics will have to prioritize who they want to spend the money that they have and hope that their top choices take it (before the market passes them by).

Should be a very interesting first few days of free agency. Remember that last year our free agency was delayed in part because the team was waiting on a decision from Gordon Hayward. This year it seems the front office has lined up their transactions and should be ready to go from the opening bell.

Boston Celtics: How recent moves point to Cs signing Stephen Curry

Hardwood Houdini 02 August, 2021 - 05:00am

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first half at TD Garden on April 17, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

After a quiet draft, the Boston Celtics had one of their most active offseason days in a long time, acquiring Josh Richardson, Kris Dunn, Bruno Fernando, and a second-round pick for Tristan Thompson and their remaining Gordon Hayward Traded Player Exception.

The two deals signaled two things — Brad intends to keep the Boston Celtics competitive with a good defense but is also looking towards next summer when the Cs can create a max slot if they move some money around.

Bradley Beal looks likely to be staying another year with the Washington Wizards despite them trading his co-star, Russell Westbrook, and the team headed towards a struggle to make the play-in.

One could logically assume Beal is out of his mind to waste another year of his career confined in Washington D.C., but some things on the outside are controlling his decision-making.

Jayson Tatum, a long-time friend of Beal’s, must have convinced him to stay during his days of contemplating putting in a trade request.

Boston was not going to trade Jaylen Brown for Bradley Beal, so the two St. Louis natives needed to work out a way to play together while not requiring the front office to give up its young star.

The 28-year-old scoring superstar has a player option in the summer of 2022, which he will likely opt-out of to enter free agency as the Wizards embrace a rebuild.

The market for Beal will be a competitive one, but the Boston Celtics have stacked the deck to their favor with just one card: Jayson Tatum.

The two’s friendship has been well-documented, and their dream of playing together has been well known. Next summer, they can make their dream come true, and all of Boston has to do is move some money around to create a $34.1 million max slot.

That’s why Brad Stevens is taking on many expiring deals to make creating that max slot even easier.

The other target the Boston Celtics should prioritize is Stephen Curry.

The all-time great point guard and best shooter in league history looks to be on track to forgo an extension with Golden State and find a new club to support his talents.

Although the Warriors have a fantastic track record of building highly efficient and talented teams, their management has struggled to put a team like that around Steph Curry since the departure of Kevin Durant.

Part of this struggle can be placed on bad luck, like Klay Thompson’s injury scaring away potential free agents, but for the most part, Golden State has failed to be aggressive and make moves to win now.

Their draft speaks to that, utilizing both of their lottery picks instead of trading them for some experienced help and using their highest pick on the biggest project in the draft, Jonathan Kaminga.

There’s still time for the Warriors to make moves in free agency and trade for some veteran support, but nothing Golden State has done in the past year indicates they’ll do that, which could lead to Curry leaving and the franchise having to embrace a rebuild.

The Boston Celtics are arguably the best suitor in the league for Steph Curry.

They have two young but postseason experienced stars with a solid defense in place and a front office that’s intent on winning soon.

Steph Curry’s fit next to the Jays should not have to be explained, but to give you a quick idea of what he’ll provide, the Boston Celtics will have the best spacing possibly in league history.

They’ll have the best offense in league with a top 10 defense, which will directly equate to high-level playoff success.

If the Boston Celtics have any chance at Stephen Curry next summer, they need to take a swing.

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Boston Celtics: Kyle Lowry traded to Cs in B/R’s latest piece

Hardwood Houdini 02 August, 2021 - 05:00am

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 28: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors runs up court during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 28, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

When it comes to summer shakeups and transactions, the Boston Celtics have proven to be one of the most active teams in the entire association.

From the resignation of Danny Ainge as President of Basketball Operations to the recent trade that landed Josh Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks, the Cs have been unbelievably busy and, what makes this all the more interesting is that we’re still in the early stages of the NBA offseason.

With the draft having just passed and free agency right around the corner, there’s plenty of time between now and the tip-off to the 2021-22 campaign for Brad Stevens and co. to continue making high-impact moves.

While we here at HH have our own opinions on who the team should be looking to pursue between now and October, many of which are high-risk, high-reward talents, there are some who are under the impression that the front office could wind up landing some of this year’s top-billed available players.

Despite their lacking salary space, there are a few ways in which the Boston Celtics could end up snagging a big name this offseason, with the most obvious route being a sign-and-trade.

There are several players the Houdini believes to be worthy of such a transaction and, recently, the folks at Bleacher Report went about and concocted such a deal to land one of said players in veteran point guard, Kyle Lowry.

The proposed trade reads as follows:

Citing Boston’s desperate need for a new starting point guard after shipping away Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City back in June, writer, Greg Swartz, believes that the free agent would be a fantastic addition to the team’s talented core:

The 35-year-old is still playing at a high level after averaging 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.0 steals and shooting 39.6 percent from three last season. He brings the championship experience that this still mostly young Celtics team needs and would help push them back toward the top of the East following a disappointing 2020-21 season.

A starting five of Lowry, Jaylen Brown, Evan Fournier (if he re-signs), Jayson Tatum and Al Horford would be one of the best in the conference, and the bench wouldn’t be completely gutted, either.

Now, as is the case for any deal involving Marcus Smart heading outbound, emotions might run high with this proposed trade for a bevy of Boston Celtics fans.

That said, with the fact that he’s entering his final year under contract coupled with the idea that the franchise may not wish to re-up with him next offseason anyway — which, depending on his price tag, could be a real possibility –, perhaps looking to swap him for assets in the now might be a logical move to consider rather than risk losing him for nothing during next year’s free agency period.

Lowry would be an unbelievable addition to this Celtics core both due to his production & championship experience and would compliment both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown beautifully.

Should Stevens be able to snag the savvy vet for a trade similar to the one Swartz has thought up, he should absolutely jump at the opportunity.

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