3. Austin Rivers
Another familiar face that the Celtics should target is Austin Rivers.
Although he only spent three days with the franchise in 2015, Rivers isn’t a stranger to Beantown. He’s the son of Doc, who coached the C’s from 2004 to 2013, leading them to their most recent title in 2008.
The idea of Rivers returning to Boston isn’t unfounded. The Boston Globe‘s Gary Washburn reported in July that the Celtics had expressed interest in signing the former Duke Blue Devil.
"“Another free agent looking for work is veteran guard Austin Rivers, whom the Celtics have shown interest. Rivers, who played with the Timberwolves last season, is looking for more than a mentor role.”"
Like Barton, Rivers isn’t going to light up the board at this stage of his career, but that isn’t what he’s needed for. He’s a solid depth shooter who’s shot 34.9% from distance throughout his 11-season career.
He’s also a solid defender when need be, helping the Celtics if Brodgon is hampered by the injury bug again.
At the end of the day, signing Rivers would be a low-risk option that gives the Celtics another trusted veteran to deploy.
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