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New Celtics additions don't necessarily have to be vets

 CelticsBlog's Jeremy Stevens writes about the Celtics having a clean slate and benefiting from adding some solid veterans

A soft reset could benefit the Celtics, who could seriously use some bench depth this offseason. Nothing dramatic, but some solid veteran signings would go a long way.


I won't disagree with that, but I might add that The Green already have some solid vets that can help set the tone in the regular season and playoffs. Marcus Smart, at 27 years of age, is the longest-tenured Celtic, and Al Horford, at 35 years, will be rejoining The Wolverine on the parquet. Add in Evan Fournier, age 29, if he and Brad Stevens can reach an agreement, and possibly Tristan Thompson, (age 30) if the Celtics retain him.

It is likely that Jayson Tatum rises to the level of team leader this season, but veteran stability is always needed for any valid Title hopes. I constantly bring up the current Phoenix Suns roster, and the only "greybeard" in the mix is 36-year-old Chris Paul. Deandre Ayton is 22 and Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges are both 24. The Suns have won the first two games of the Finals and look potent.

I love the 'clean slate" that Jeremy Stevens mentions, but filling that surface with vets isn't mandatory. The right vets at the right price would be nice, but youngsters ith the passion to be in Boston and to win Banner 18 will suffice.


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