Predicting Free Agent Targets for the Celtics

Winning Plays with Brian Robb and Michael V. Pina keyed in on the free agent possibilities for the Celtics.

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The Winning Plays Podcast featured Brian Robb of Boston Sports Journal and Michael V Pina of GQ this week, honing on the free agent possibilities the Celtics will have when the signing period opens up in roughly two weeks. Boston only has a $5.7 mid level exception and the veteran minimum to offer for one roster spot.

Brad Wanamaker is a free agent, Javonte Green has a non-guaranteed contract and the Celtics currently own three first round picks. Their roster flexibility and spending is limited, but they do have options, including moving around in the draft and cheap free agents like a possible Isaiah Thomas return.

Brian Robb and Michael V. Pina look at the point guard position where the Celtics face injury concerns around Kemba Walker's knee and Brad Wanamaker entering free agency. Brian Robb mentioned DJ Augustin, another small point guard with the Magic. The NBA Draft also holds some potential at the position, with a bigger, versatile Kira Lewis Jr. of Alabama among the top guards in the draft with shades of Terry Rozier. Listen to the full episode of Winning Plays here:

A look at the point guard position involves the Celtics facing injury concerns with Kemba Walker’s knee. Robb mentioned DJ Augustin, another small point guard with the Magic. The NBA Draft also holds some potential at the position, with a bigger, versatile Kira Lewis Jr. of Alabama among the top guards in the draft with shades of Terry Rozier.

“Kemba Walker is someone I doubt will be playing all 72 games,” Pina said. “Given the money he’s owed, what happened with his knee in the bubble and his performance down the stretch in the playoffs. That’s someone that I’d want to manage … I’m not too worried if I was to sign DJ that they’d be replicating each other in terms of size.”

Brian Robb and Michael V. Pina key in on the center position including free agent possibilities for an Aron Baynes return from the Suns and Tristan Thompson leaving the Cavaliers for Boston. R.Robb says the biggest deal for the Celtics is addressing the Joel Embiid matchup if Enes Kanter does indeed walk as a free agent. The Celtics used Kanter heavily to beat the 76ers in the first round. Winning Plays FULL here: https://youtu.be/Mo9borILejYThe CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

Pina keyed in on the center position including free agent possibilities for an Aron Baynes return from the Suns and Tristan Thompson leaving the Cavaliers for Boston. R.Robb says the biggest deal for the Celtics is addressing the Joel Embiid matchup if Enes Kanter does indeed walk as a free agent. The Celtics used Kanter heavily to beat the 76ers in the first round.

“Baynes and Derrick Favors would be a pretty strong one too there, Tristan Thompson also could be in that mix. Kanter did a respectable job on Embiid, but that was with his entire supporting cast being gone,” Robb said. “If he’s gone, then you’re going to have to look at one of those guys.”

Support CLNS programming, powered by LinkedIn Jobs. Go to https://LinkedIn.com/good to support the hard working reporters and show hosts at CLNS, and save 50 dollars on your first job listing.Kemba Walker's knee injury and Brad Wanamaker loom over the Celtics 2020 free agent class before the next NBA season starts. The possible departure of Gordon Hayward leaves an even wider door for point guard options like Jeff Teague, DJ Augustin and Austin Rivers. Boston Sports Journal reviews the possible signings Danny Ainge could make. The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

The possible departure of Gordon Hayward leaves an even wider door for point guard options like Jeff Teague and Austin Rivers. Marcus Smart would need to start if Hayward departs the team in any scenario, opening up the need for more secondary playmaking and shooting off the bench.

“I don’t think they need to hit a home run with whoever they sign,” Pina said. “I think whoever they sign needs to just come in and fill a very narrow lane of competence. I think the heaviest lifting will be on Jaylen taking another leap and I think Jayson’s going to take a sizable leap. I don’t need Jeff Teague to come in and take 10 shots per game.”

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