COMMENTARY | The Boston Celtics are rebuilding their roster, and they seem to have some quality pieces in place.
Their young players have looked good this season, Brad Stevens is proving to be a potentially great coach, and they still have all of those draft picks that they practically stole from the Brooklyn Nets.
Things could be a lot worse in Boston. With a loaded draft class approaching and Rajon Rondo getting healthy, this could be a pretty quick rebuild. Via HoopsHype, the Celtics will shed over $17 million after the season in the form of Keith Bogans and Kris Humphries.
Danny Ainge could be ready to make some moves. The core moving forward seems to consist of Rondo, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Kelly Olynyk. Depending on a few factors, Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford may be in the mix as well. They have good options and a fair degree of flexibility, which should allow Ainge to play around a little.
This summer could feature a loaded free agency class. The Celtics aren't getting a massive name like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, but the Celtics should have some money to spend.
Danny Granger, who has struggled through injury problems over the past few seasons, is scheduled to become a free agent. With the emergence of Paul George and Lance Stephenson, Granger may not be in Indiana's plans. Considering how good the Pacers have been without him, this could be Granger's last year with the Pacers.
For the right price, Granger might be a nice fit in Boston.
He isn't the most efficient scorer, but Granger is certainly capable. He's only a 43.7% shooter for his career, although he helps make up for it with a nice 38.4% from three and 84.7% from the line. He wouldn't be Boston's focal point on offense, so it's reasonable to believe that he would become more efficient.
At 6 feet 9 inches, Granger and Green could form an interesting duo on the Boston wing. Their length would cause issues on both ends of the floor for opponents, and Brad Stevens could get creative with lineup combinations. When Rondo returns, Granger's shooting would certainly create some much-needed floor spacing. Green, Granger, Olynyk, and Sullinger would open up the floor for plenty of Rondo pick-and-rolls.
We'll have to see how Granger looks this season when he returns, but he might be available at a discount because of his injury history. Ainge shouldn't go anywhere near him at his current $14 million salary, but he's probably a good buy at about half of that price on a two-year deal. Anything beyond two years is too risky, but the market probably won't go beyond two years anyway, unless he's simply great when he returns.
Boston has plenty of draft picks, and with a little bit of luck, could very well find a stud in this year's draft. Adding a top prospect and Granger's offensive ability to this group would make the Celtics noticeably better.
The Celtics are in a good position, and a reasonably priced scoring punch in Danny Granger could be a very nice addition.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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