The Boston Celtics lost two of its best perimeter defenders in Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder (let’s put an asterisk on this first) in separate offseason moves so where would they go from there?
Reports indicate the Celtics may plan to bring Andrew Bogut in the fold for some rim protection off the bench. Boston management had some communication with him according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.
A league source said Boston will not rush to fill the spot, and might even keep it open to maintain flexibility. The Celtics this week have been in contact with representatives of several free agents. According to another league source, that group includes center Andrew Bogut, who considered signing with Boston last February before ultimately agreeing to a deal with the Cavaliers. Bogut broke his leg in his first game with Cleveland, though, and has spent this summer rounding back into form.
Bogut is a good defensive center in the paint. He’s not flying in from the weak side for the block athletic, but he’s a big body always in the right position, and he’s also good at helping quarterback the defense. If he could play 15-18 minutes a night off the bench behind Al Horford (who is a solid defender in the paint), it would be a boost for Boston.
The Celtics have one open roster spot and, as noted by Himmelsbach, they will be patient in filling it. But whoever gets that spot is going to have to bring some defense to the party, the Celtics will need it.