With free agency beginning tonight, I figured it was only right to talk about a few free agents that I think the Boston Celtics should target once the clock strikes six. The Celtics will be limited with the amount of money they have to work with, but there will still be a handful of cheap players they can add to the team that will make an impact right away.
The first player I have in mind is Harry Giles. Once considered one of the best high school prospects of all time, Giles has been riddled with injuries since his senior year of high school. Giles was the #1 prospect in his Class of 2016, but now he finds himself playing 14 minutes off the bench in Sacramento.
Back in October 2019, the Kings declined Giles’ rookie extension, allowing him to become a free agent this offseason. It didn’t make much sense considering Giles wouldn’t cost much money to keep around, but we’ll let Sacramento do Sacramento things.
Giles would provide scoring, rebounding, passing, and hustle off the bench for Boston. During his two seasons in the NBA, Giles averaged seven points, four rebounds, and more than an assist per game in just 14 minutes. His vision, court awareness, and ability to find his open teammates make him a very underrated passer. He’s someone that works to be a better player each and every day.
You can say what you want about Giles’ health and question whether he can stay on the court or not, but when he’s healthy, he’s outworking almost everyone on the court. His elite work ethic, combined with his KG-like energy, would reward him with playing time off the bench.
I can’t fail to mention that Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum are best friends. I’m sure Tatum has been in Danny Ainge’s ear trying to get him to go after Giles once free agency begins.
The 22-year-old forward not only fits the timeline with Brown, Tatum, and others, but he also provides a skill set that nobody on the team has. He’s a big that can do a little bit of everything, and he’s only going to get better.
It all comes down to his health, and since his health would be a concern, the Celtics can get him for dirt cheap. They may be able to sign him with their MLE and call it a day. If Giles can stay healthy and build towards his full potential, this would be an underrated signing for the Celtics. They really have nothing to lose, so why not give Giles a shot?
The Celtics will be looking at quite a few players once free agency begins, and one of those players might be Harry Giles. This is the pure definition of a low-risk, high-reward signing. I say pull the trigger Danny and bring the former #1 high school prospect to Boston.
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