It looks like the Boston Celtics are finally back to their former self, as they’ve been climbing in the Eastern Conference standings as they intend to make it back to the Conference Finals this season.
Boston has a lot of talent and that has come to bite them in the rear from time to time, as it looks like they could use a couple more role players rather than trying to get yet another superstar or top-tier prospect.
For that matter, Danny Ainge should try and make the most of the buyout market, considering the Sixers, Bucks, Pacers, and Raptors all got way better in this Thursday’s trade deadline. So, let’s take a look at the top 4 buyout candidates the Celtics should consider.
4. Markieff Morris
Markieff Morris has already been waived by the New Orleans Pelicans and he’s going to see a specialist to get a second opinion on his injury as he intends to play again as soon as possible with a new team.
The Celtics already know what they can get out of Morris as they love the energy and grit his twin brother Marcus brings on a nightly basis, and he’d love to have the chance to play with his brother again.
3. Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard is still nursing a back injury that’s going to keep him sidelined until after the All-Star break, but with the Washington Wizards already giving up on this season, there’s no reason why to keep him right now.
Howard is still a great rim protector and proved to be a dominant rebounder on limited minutes for the Wizards. Also, he’d finally have the chance to play for a Championship again after leaving the Magic.
2. Enes Kanter
Finally, the New York Knicks have released Enes Kanter, leaving the door wide open for him to sign for a contending team. The Celtics have a lot of depth and Brad Stevens likes long rotations, and he’d be yet another prime substitute at the Garden.
Kanter ’s offense would be a great fit in Boston’s system. Also, he ’s a great rim runner that could thrive next to Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart. Defense is going to be an issue, but they have Aron Baynes to try and help him out.
1. Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol’s role has taken a major downfall month after month with the San Antonio Spurs. He’s playing nearly 13 minutes a night and there were no takers for his contract prior to the trade deadline, so maybe he could actually follow his brother’s steps and also find a new home right now.
Gasol still has a lot left on the tank and is quite a very similar player to Al Horford so he could be plugged in Brad Stevens’ system right away, should he be waived before his contract becomes fully guaranteed.