The Boston Celtics have a number of measures to improve this season. The NBA Draft has come and gone, but they still have the freedom and the commercial market. Their taxpayers’ MLE (worth about $6.3 million) and loads of TPEs would come in handy.
While the MLE may help them gain some depth, the $17.1 million TPE they received when Evan Fournier joined the New York Knicks may be the best path to improvement. And according to a recent article, they can use it to add some sharp photography features.
Keith Smith of CelticsBlog has put together a list of 25 players the Celtics can target using their TPE. Among them was the LA Clippers’ marksman Luke Kennard. He noted that Kennard was shot as the main reason Boston was concerned.
“There are some questions about how available Kennard is. Some say that he is very good at the commercial market, while others say that he is completely unavailable. He’ll fill a shooting need, but he’s a real two. So the need for another wing may persist if the Celtics trade for Kennard,” Smith wrote.
As noted, it’s not certain if Kennard is ready to trade this summer, but if he is, the Celtics could certainly be interested. In fact, it was recently reported that Boston asked about a potential Kennard deal.
Celtics asked about Kennard Trade
On June 22, Sean Deveney of Heavy.com reported that the Clippers had procured Kennard ahead of the draft deadline. He also noted that LA would consider dealing with him next month if they didn’t trade him on draft (which they did).
“According to sources around the league, LA is buying Kennard ahead of Thursday’s NBA draft and will be looking to transfer him next month if no deal can be reached,” Deveney reported.
Add Doa, Adam Kaufman of the Celtics Beat . podcast tweeted out that there were some rumors that Boston was interested in Kennard. He did not report the rumor himself, but saw it floating before the manuscript.
Kennard is an elite three-pointer and even has ties to the Celtics.
Kennard’s Connection to the Celtics
Although Kennard has never played for the Celtics, he does have a connection. He was Jayson Tatum’s teammate at Duke and actually led that Blue Devils team in scoring. Bringing in an old Tatum teammate is sure to be an interesting storyline.
Kennard has also found some considerable success in the NBA. Last season, he averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists with 44.9% of shots from the field and 44.9% of shots from three points. He tried 6.0 three times per game.
The 6’5 shooting guard may not be as effective on defense, but his career 3-point rate of 42.5% will give Boston a huge boost in the field. that area.
Obviously, the Celtics’ defensive system requires players to play on that side of the ball, but having a Kennard-caliber expert on the team will be a useful tool.
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