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Celtics potential acquisitions: Pat Connaughton

 The Milwaukee Bucks' Pat Connaughton has a player option for the upcoming season, where he is slated to earn $5.7 million. He is Boston-born (Arlington, MA) and attended St. John's Prep, Danvers, MA. He has local ties in New England, and he could fit into Ime Udoka's system. 

At 6'5" and 209 pounds, Pat is listed as a shooting guard. The Notre Dame product is a legitimate 2-sport athlete, having played professional baseball for a brief stint, registering 96 MPH with his fast ball. But he chose the NBA instead, and many forget he came in third in the Slam Dunk Competition in 2020.

Connoughton won his sole Title with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021, averaging 9.2 PPG and 5.8 RPG - while hitting on 44.1% of his 3-pointers in the 6-game Finals series versus the Phoenix Suns. 

The 41st pick in the 2015 draft is a proven shooter who can defend and rebound the ball. Last season, he averaged 9.9 points, 4.2 boards, while shooting .458 from the field - .395 on 3-pointers - and .833 from the free throw line. 

Can he defend the perimeter in Boston and not be a liability on mismatches? People also forget he has a 44-inch Vertical leap and is quick and agile enough to fit into the Celtics roster. I would like to see him in Beantown and help give that lift to a team that came somewhat-close to Banner 18.


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