It’s officially madness time in the NBA as some of the best players in the world are already set to ink their signature in their brand new lucrative contracts, either to stay put with their current squads or to try and win a Championship elsewhere.
And a team that was set to make a lot of noise during this summer has been surprisingly quiet, as Danny Ainge wasn’t willing to risk a lot of assets to land either Jimmy Butler or Paul George, and they’ve been quite cautious with what they’re intending to do right now.
But considering how well Brad Stevens has fared in command of the Celtics, it’s safe to say that they’re just a couple of big names away from being title contenders once again. Furthermore, Boston has always been one of the most important teams in the league and pretty much every single star would thrive at the Garden.
So today, we’re going to talk about 3 guys that could significantly improve Boston’s chances to end Cleveland’s dominance in the Eastern Conference and make yet another trip to the NBA Finals.
3. Rajon Rondo
Rondo has always been a fan favorite in Boston and even if he had some rough times in the Garden, his prime came in a Celtics jersey and he could definitely help their team defense while letting Isaiah Thomas score and shake off some playmaking duties.
Of course, he’s nowhere near the level he had in the early going, but we all know how much of a dominant player he could be when he’s locked down, and he could be a nightmare on defense playing alongside Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart when Stevens need to contain opposing offenses.
2. Derrick Rose
Rose is set to meet with the Milwaukee Bucks while also drawing a lot of interest from his former coach Tom Thibodeau, so they’re going to need to be very aggressive to try and lure the former MVP to the TD Garden as their backup point guard.
Still, even if Rose’s kind of washed out at this point of his career and he’s perhaps the most injury-prone player in the league right now, he’s more than capable of running the team’s second unit while even becoming a 6th man of the year candidate in Brad Steven’s offensive scheme.
1. Tony Allen
Allen could actually go back to the team that drafted him in the first place because the Memphis Grizzlies start a rebuilding, so he could have a much easier path to the NBA finals in the Eastern Conference.
Of course, we all know he’s a complete nonfactor offensive wise, but he’s one of the best 5 backcourt defenders in the NBA and he could replace Avery Bradley after Ainge traded him to the Detroit Pistons.
If Allen wants to sign a mid-level contract, Boston Celtics will be a great destination for him.