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“With Avery Bradley having come around, they aren’t necessarily desperate for guard help,” the GM said. “They will need somebody, though, because I can’t imagine that Allen returns. So they probably have some recruiting ahead of them. They won’t find anyone like Allen was two or three years ago, but they can get help.”

Among the unrestricted free agents mentioned by the GM: Jason Terry (Mavericks), Andre Miller (Nuggets), Carlos Delfino (Bucks) and Nick Young (Clippers).

“I also wouldn’t be surprised to see them try to make a run at Eric Gordon (restricted, Hornets) or O.J. Mayo (restricted, Grizzlies),” the GM said. “Also, Shannon Brown (unrestricted, Suns) could be a potential option for them. I know a lot of teams are interested in him.”

On top of an active off-season on the market, the Celtics are said to be looking to package their picks and move up five or six spots in the draft. Or they could keep the picks and get two young good players from what is considered a pretty deep draft.

Eric Gordon is the biggest name here and it makes sense to at least make a run at him. I expect the Hornets to match all offers for him, but someone is going to try and steal the high scoring guard. Why not the Celtics? Mayo of course is the player who was essentially traded to the Celtics at the deadline for Ray Allen, but the trade fell apart (Of note, this is the second straight year that Chris Wallace has "traded" Mayo at the deadline only to have the trade fall apart. In 2011 he was traded to the Pacers, but Wallace turned the paperwork in late). I'd be very happy adding Mayo at the right price.


Other names mentioned include Nick Young (who lost some of his luster this season), overhyped former  Laker Shannon "Don't Call Me Chris" Brown, and veterans Andre Miller, Jason Terry, and Carlos Delfino. This isn't the first time I've heard that the Celtics are looking to package their 2 picks to move up in the draft. Could the Celtics be trying to trade up high enough to get Doc's son Austin? I think Austin will develop into an NBA all-star. KG has said that Austin is a special talent. Not sure if the C's will be able to get up high enough to draft him, but if they can, trust me you'll be pleased they did in the future.

What are your thoughts on these potential free agent targets?

Thanks JHB for the link.

JR 6/12/2012 05:29:00 PM Edit
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