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.
One player I believe the Celtics should take a look at is Willie Cauley-Stein. Cauley-Stein is an energy-boosting big man that will provide a spark off the bench with his ability to make highlight plays and play solid defense.
In 54 games last season, Cauley-Stein averaged a little over seven points, six rebounds, and a block while playing only 20 minutes a game. He declined his $2.2M option with the Dallas Mavericks, so he is free to sign with any team he pleases.
The former #6 pick in the 2015 draft has looked impressive in recent workouts and has been working on expanding his range this offseason to adapt to how the NBA is played today. He’s somebody that I wanted years ago, and now that he’s developed his game, he’s somebody that I really wouldn’t mind on the Celtics now.
Cauley-Stein would be great for the Celtics when it comes to the pick-and-roll. His ability to screen and roll to the basket will give the Celtics more opportunities to score at the rim and throw some alley-oop passes that will hype the team (and one day crowd) up.
Throw that it with his ability to hold his own on defense, especially when it comes to switches and the pick and roll, he’d be a nice addition to Boston’s bench. And he’s been working on his jump shot? Brad Stevens would fall in love with him as soon as they lock eyes.
Willie Cauley-Stein might not be the best option available, but he’d fit in just fine if he were to find himself signing with Boston this offseason. If he truly can spread the floor and knock down three-point shots now, he adds instant value.
All in all, this would be a solid pickup for Boston if the money is right.
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