5 Free Agents the Celtics Should Sign for the Veteran Minimum

As the reigning champions, the Boston Celtics can have their pick of capable veterans to fill their roster spots.
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The Boston Celtics had one of the most straightforward offseasons of any team in the NBA. They are bringing back the same roster that won the championship, extending Jayson Tatum and Derrick White's contract, and bringing back bench pieces like Xavier Tillman, Luke Kornet, and Neemias Queta. The futures of deep bench options like Svi Mykhailiuk, Oshae Brissett, and Jaden Springer remain to be seen.

As the reigning champions, the Boston Celtics can easily fill their roster spots with capable veterans. They don't have anything else to offer except for veteran's minimum deals but that should be enough to lure a couple of potentially impactful free agents. Let's take a look at the five best options.

1. Dario Saric

Kristaps Porzingis will miss the start of the 2024-25 season and the Celtics will likely try to manage his minutes throughout the regular season. Al Horford should be on minutes-restriction as well as he needs to be as fresh and healthy as possible come playoff time.

Therefore, there will be plenty of minutes to go around in the Celtics frontcourt. Kornet and Tillman will have an expanded role next season while Queta will be a deep bench option. Another competent big man to round out the rotation will make coach Joe Mazzulla feel better about the frontcourt depth.

Dario Saric can provide that competence. As a stretch big who can shoot and pass, his offensive game resembles Horford's, allowing the team to play a similar style of play when Horford is on the bench. Saric spent last season with the Warriors, averaging 8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 17.2 minutes per game while hitting 37.6% of his threes. He would be a valuable addition to the Celtics.