As we all know, Rob Williams will be our guy for years to come at the center position. However, with his haunting injury questions and high-intensity playstyle, the Celtics are in need of a reliable backup big. With Theis being shipped out in the Brogdon trade, and Thomas Bryant (an intriguing previous free agent) signing with the Lakers, what is the next move?
The first option for the Celtics is simple, sign a standout performer in the summer league. Looking over the roster, names that come to mind are Mfiondu Kabengele (2 year Center out of Florida State), and Trevion Williams (Undrafted rookie out of Purdue). While Kabengele has bounced back and forth for a while, we really do not know what Williams is capable of yet. His overshadowed role at Purdue did not necessarily allow him to show his full skill set. Most projected him as a second round pick, so for him to go undrafted and play for the Celtics summer team could be a huge move.
Free agents looming around at the moment are less than intriguing. Some names to throw at you that we are capable of paying are Dwight Howard, Tristan Thompson, Hassan Whiteside, and DeMarcus Cousins. All four of these bigs are objectively past their prime, but likely could be bought for cheap on a short deal. At least someone like Howard or Thompson, both NBA champions, could come in and be a proven veteran to the young guys on the roster. The only other possibility for the Celtics would be to use a trade exception and land a big name such as Ayton, but I do not see Brad Stevens trying to tweak the roster that much coming off of a finals appearance.