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Where does the Celtics 3rd-option scorer come from?

Is it from the roster, trade or free agency?



With Kemba Walker still nursing an ankle issue and Gordon Hayward gone to Charlotte, it has become very obvious that there is no reliable, third-option point producer on the current Celtics roster. Those two players put up a combined average of 39 points/game last season, in addition to nine assists. The Jay Team has put 110 points on the board over the 2-game span, but things fall off rapidly after that.

That third point-producer has to emerge from the current roster or be acquired via trade or free agency. Volume scoring won't be coming from the center spot. Daniel Theis, Tristan Thompson and Rob Williams don't have that potential in their arsenal. Neither do Semi Ojeleye or Grant Williams. Marcus Smart has been handling point guard duties and disrupting opponents' offensive attacks, so he should not be relied on to be a volume scorer.

Of the two rookies, Brad Stevens seems to have more faith in Payton Pritchard than Aaron Nesmith. Pritchard has logged a total of 38 minutes in the two contests, scoring a combined 10 points, hitting on 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 on treys. Noteworthy is the fact he racked up three steals over the two games.

Barring the emergence of a current Celtic as a major source of points, the James-Harden-to-Boston rumors persist (per Yahoo Sports Justin Leger):

On Thursday, The Athletic reported Houston Rockets superstar James Harden added the Boston Celtics to his list of preferred trade destinations. Amid the Harden-to-Boston speculation, Brown posted the photo below to his Instagram story:

It's hard to ignore the timing of Brown's photo, which just so happens to feature a dejected Harden in the background. The Instagram story was posted shortly after The Athletic's report on Harden.


 Jaylen has been a mainstay in the start of the regular season for Boston, and he is as close to "no trade" status as I can visualize. But another option exists in bringing Isaiah Thomas back to the fold. While genetically-deprived of NBA size and plagued with injuries (not to mention liability on defense), this little guy can pour in points - at least he could while a member of the Celtics - racking up 28.9 PPG in the 2016-17 season on 46%/38%/91% splits. 

There are no guarantees that IT is as injury-free as he extols, but if he is ready for full-season NBA action, his return to Beantown may just be what is needed - and if it works, it would make one Hell of a story.


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