2. Will Barton
It wouldn’t hurt if the Celtics added another shooting guard before the 2023-24 campaign begins. Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon are more than capable of handling most SG responsibilities, however, another body would help take some pressure off the veterans’ shoulders.
Enter Will Barton.
Barton is an experienced veteran who’s averaged 11.2 points on .430/.355/.787 splits over 679 career games. He’s coming off a down year split between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors, though, having averaged just 6.8 PPG while shooting 37.9% from the field in 56 outings.
With that being said, joining the Celtics could motivate the 32-year-old to turn things around. Playing on a contender means Barton could play some pressure-free basketball with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kristaps Porzingis handling the majority of the offensive load.
It also isn’t farfetched to assume that Barton could bounce back next season.
Even though he underperformed last year, his three-point percentage was still better than his career average (35.5%). He also averaged 13.7 points and 4.1 assists per 36 mins, proving that he isn’t a total offensive blackhole.
Signing him would hardly guarantee the Celtics a championship, but I do see Barton being effective as a solid bench option throughout the year.