1. Nemanja Bjelica
Bjelica, who is the kind of stretch big man Brad Stevens covets, is making just $6.8 million this season and $7.1 million next year. Not only would be a nice piece off the bench for the remainder of this season, he would also fit in the Celtics plans next season if the Kings were willing to part ways with him.
What would Ainge need to give up?
The young Kings with a nice young core surrounding De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley may be looking for other younger pieces to surround those players with. A late-first could come into play here, but the Celtics could package a couple younger players for his services, although it may take a player like Daniel Theis to make the money work.
Like Davis Bartens, Bjelica won’t really solve the teams need for beef down low, but he would provide more scoring, particularly off the bench that could help the team in other ways.