Boston Celtics Rumors: 2 more free agents the Celtics should sign

T.J. Warren #1 of the Indiana Pacers (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics free agent target No. 1: Thomas Bryant

Whereas adding Warren profiles as more of a want than a need at this point, Boston’s most glaring spot on their roster as of right now is big man depth. They still have the dominant duo of Al Horford and Robert Williams III, and Grant Williams is a solid undersized big off the bench. But the C’s don’t have another true big man off their bench, especially after they sent Daniel Theis to the Pacers as part of the Brogdon trade.

Enter Thomas Bryant, another talented, yet injury-riddled free agent, who could prove to be a huge difference maker off the bench. Bryant has only played 37 games over the past two seasons, which as stunted his growth as a player. Bryant made it back on the court last season after tearing his ACL the season before, but he was largely eased into the action.

Prior to his ACL injury during the 2020-21 season, Bryant looked like he was about to become a very important part of the Washington Wizards future. He averaged 14.3 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds per game, and fit perfectly alongside the backcourt duo of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.

Bryant’s upside was hard to miss during the start of the season. He offers a similar vertical presence on offense to what Rob Williams can do, and it’s worth noting that no one else on Boston’s roster currently has the same capabilities. Bryant’s defense has never been great, but that’s what makes him a perfect option off the bench.

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Similar to Warren, Bryant is a wild card. His ACL injury could have taken away some of his explosiveness, and that could end up making him an overpaid player on this market. But Bryant is still young (just 25 years old by the time next season starts) and has tons of potential, which should make him the Boston Celtics’ top remaining target on the free agent market.