With Thomas Bryant off the board, here’s who the Celtics could add at center
The Celtics’ search for a backup center capable of playing a starting role continues.
According Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Thomas Bryant signs a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Haynes reports that the purple and gold offered him a shot at the starting center position. In Boston, he would have placed behind Al Horford and Robert Williams on the depth chart.
With the Lakers and Celtics, Bryant attracted interest from the Raptors, Bucks and Jazz, according to Haynes.
Bryant, returning to where his NBA career began, has developed his game in the nation’s capital, taking on the role of starting center for the Wizards. In 2019-20, he averaged 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. He also shot more than 40% from beyond the arc on two three-point attempts per game.
Ten games into the following season, he suffered a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. But in 27 games of the 2021-22 campaign, Bryant, who turns 25 at the end of July, produced 7.4 points, four rebounds and nearly a block while recording 16.3 minutes per game.
While Bryant would have been an ideal addition to bolster Boston’s depth at center, remaining free agent options include Ed Davis, Tristan Thompson, Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside.
Frankly, that’s not the most appealing roster, so maybe the Celtics are using at least some of one of their eight trade exceptions to add a center they think is a better fit.
It’s certainly possible that they’ll find someone they like and can acquire for a second-round pick. But going that route can come at the expense of a rotation member like Payton Pritchard, Derrick White, Grant Williams, or a multiplayer deal where Boston part ways with one of their guards to add another. wing.
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