This season the Celtics exceeded all expectations as they went all the way to the NBA Finals after starting the year slowly. Even though the team performed well with the players that it had, Boston intends to use free agency to improve its roster.
According to first-year head coach Ime Udoka, his team will look for players to solidify the style of basketball that it plays. He pointed at the main aspects of defensive mindedness, sharing the basketball and scoring off the bench.
“Obviously, free agency’s a huge deal coming up and we’ve got some needs to address,” Udoka said. “For us, consistency across the board, continue to play the way we have — defensive mindset and also sharing the basketball. And anything we can add, position-wise, to help us with that would be beneficial. For us, consistent scoring off the bench is a huge key. We like to look at certain positions and think we have a lot of things covered but can always have positions [covered].”
“We had some young guys we really relied on, Payton [Pritchard], Derrick [White], Grant [Williams], and those guys grew tremendously throughout the year, and we need to see more of that,” Udoka added. “But certain positions and roles need to be touched on and we have a good amount of names that we’re looking at and hopefully some of those things work out.”