Former Fan Favorite Returns to Celtics in 'Sneaky' Free-Agency Prediction

Could bringing Javonte Green back be the move the Celtics need to make to fix their bench issues?
Jan 20, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Celtics guard Javonte Green (43) scores
Jan 20, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Celtics guard Javonte Green (43) scores / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics are clearly the class of the NBA right now, but even the biggest homers in Boston wouldn't argue that this team is without flaws.

The starting lineup is absolute nails, but help from the bench hasn't been what we want to see, and making some roster moves to address these depth issues would go a long way to solidifying Boston's status as the favorite to win the NBA Championship.

Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley suggests Boston could call upon a former Celtic to shore up the bench unit.

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With wing depth being the biggest hole on the C's bench, Buckley thinks bringing former fan-favorite Javonte Green back to Boston would be a sneaky good move — and I'm inclined to agree.

I mean first of all, Green is just straight-up fun. He clearly had a good bond with his teammates, and his leaping ability leads to some great highlights. But his main strength lies in his defense and hustle, meaning he's not that frustrating type of highlight-reel player who isn't an actual plus for the team.

Green only averaged about 11 minutes per game when he started his career in Boston, but it's not like the Celtics need someone to play big minutes right now. Replacing Svi Mykhailiuk's minutes would be more than enough to be a plus.

Green is about a year removed from knee surgery, so this would be dependent on his being fully healthy of course, but if his game looks like it did before the surgery then it's easy to picture him fitting right in on this roster.

It's almost impossible not to be an upgrade over Mykhailiuk at this point, and even if Green only plays at the same level that Svi has, it would be a big morale boost for the fanbase to have that production coming from someone a little more popular.

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