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Stop fooling around, Danny Ainge. Harrison Barnes is your target!


Let me be honest here. I have wanted Harrison Barnes on the Celtics roster since he was drafted 7th-overall in the 2012 NBA draft. He just seemed the right fit in Boston.

At 28 years of age, he may seem a year or two older than what Danny Ainge may be looking for, but everything else works. His 6'8', 225-pound frame is tailor-made for Brad Stevens preferences and schemes. He can score, rebound and defend. But beyond that, he is used to playing third-or-fourth fiddle.

In his lone Championship season (2014-15) with the Golden State Warriors, he took a back seat to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. He is conditioned to not being the star of the show. That would work well in Boston.

His present team, the Sacramento Kings, currently sit in 11th place in the Western Conference and appear to be going nowhere this year. Barnes is averaging 17.2 PPG and 6.2 RPG this season, while hitting 50% from the field, 41% from beyond the arc and 86% from the foul stripe. In the Kings 116-111 win over the Celtics last night, Harrison had a line of 24 points, five boards and six assists. There is little not to like about this guy.

There is more. Barnes is owed $22 million this season, and his yearly salary decreases in the following two seasons to $18 M in 2022-23. There are obvious flaws in the Celtics current crew when envisioning a serious post-season run against the likes of the 76'ers, Nets and Lakers. Barnes could be the remedy required to get to the Finals this season or next.

Patience be damned, Danny! This is your guy. I have known it for the past eight years. Use the TPE. Take the luxury tax hit this season. Stop fooling around. Time to aggressively go after Harrison Barnes.



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