SALT LAKE CITY – The Kevin Durant ship has sailed for the Boston Celtics, and is now docked in the Bay Area as a member of the Golden State Warriors.
While the Celtics came up short in acquiring their number one target, Boston’s offseason shopping is far from done according to Danny Ainge.
“We’ll continue to look for ways to better our team,” Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, said on Thursday.
Former Celtic Evan Turned signed a four-year, $70 million contract with Portland. Losing him will have a noticeable impact on the roster for this season. Finding players to help fill that void will be among the chief challenges for the Celtics this offseason.
Ainge said the position could be addressed internally; specifically by Terry Rozier who led the Celtics summer league team in Salt Lake City to an undefeated 3-0 record.
But Ainge didn’t rule out addressing it through free agency or a potential trade, either.
That’s just one of the areas Ainge would like to improve the roster this offseason.
“We need to improve our shooting,” Ainge said. “We have some guys that are versatile, can play center, can play four (power forward). I think we could use a stronger center. I think those are probably the two biggest things, maybe another ball-handler.”
The pickings among free agents is getting extremely slim.
Among those players still available is Golden State’s Mo Speights.
The Warriors had initially expressed interest in bringing him back, but the addition of Zaza Pachulia and then David West makes a return for Speights unlikely.
He’s a 6-foot-10, 255-pound center with good size, strength and can score with his back-to-the-basket or from the perimeter. has played a reserve role throughout most of his career. In addition, he is a former teammate of recently acquired Al Horford when the two played at Florida and won a national title in 2007.