The Celtics Should Sign Harry Giles

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It has been a wild couple of days if you're a Boston Celtics fan.  Fans on Saturday learned that Gordon Hayward would not be involved in a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers.  Instead, he went and signed with the Charlotte Hornets, for four-years and $120 million dollars.  Hayward decided that he was going to try and win in Charlotte versus staying in Boston with his old college coach Brad Stevens.

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While Hayward and the rest of the league are signing with new teams, the Celtics had been very quiet.  Danny Ainge traded center Enes Kanter in a three team deal to the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Celtics acquired draft picks in total from Memphis the other team involved in the deal. 

Finally on Saturday night, the Celtics made two free agents signings.  The Celtics would sign a big man and add Tristan Thompson.  The former first round pick who has spent his entire career in Cleveland is headed to Beantown.  During his tenure with the Cavs, there has been highs and lows for Thompson which included a NBA championship in 2016. 

Ainge would also ink point guard Jeff Teague to a one-year deal.  Teague is a former All-Star that has been connected to the Celtics in the past.  He averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 assists in 24.8 minutes per game for Minnesota and Atlanta last season.  He provides insurance off the bench with Brad Wanamaker heading to the Golden State Warriors. 

Prior to these moves, and with Hayward officially headed to the Hornets, where did that leave the Celtics?

They still have a very good roster that will feature Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker.  They can and will compete in the Eastern Conference next season. While they'll be competitive, Ainge needed to add depth and veterans to his bench.  Despite the addition of Thompson to the roster, the Celtics should still look at adding another young big man. 

That's where Harry Giles III comes into play for the Celtics.  The Sacramento Kings elected to decline his fourth-year option making him a free agent.  Giles was selected No. 20 overall in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft.  He didn’t make his debut until the 2018-19 season because of a devastating knee injury he suffered prior to his freshman year at Duke.

Once Giles was healthy he was relatively consistent during his NBA career.  He has played in 104 games.  He averaged 7 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting from the field, in addition to 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks per game in 14.3 minutes per game.

Giles would be able to play around the rim and utilize his size and wingspan against opposing teams and players.  He would be a perfect match for Tatum to soar in traffic and catch alley-oops from Tatum.

The big man would provide scoring, rebounding and hustle off the Celtics bench.  The bench was never addressed at the trade deadline last year and was exposed in the playoffs.  Giles would be another young talented player to come to Boston that could develop and gel with the core currently established.

Also, speaking of Tatum, Giles and the former first round pick are very close friends.  Both players played together at Duke, but only Tatum lived up to the hype and expectations both had coming out of high school.

Giles and Tatum call their relationship "The Brotherhood" due to their time in Durham.  He would end up being a good fit and fill the void left by Kanter.  It appears the Celtics will not sign a premium big man, so this smaller move fits the bill for Boston.

I would expect there to be competition for Giles on the market.  The Miami Heat have been linked to the big man as well as the Hornets.  The plus for Ainge and the Celtics is Giles is not a high value free agent.  The Tatum angle could work to Ainge's favor as well if the big man decides to come to Boston.

The knock on Giles will be whether he can stay healthy for a full season.  He works hard; the feedback from coaches and players he's played with say he has elite work ethic.  Those traits will play well amongst Celtics fans in this town.

Last night, Ainge woke up from his nap while free agency was happening around the league.  Thompson and Teague are two legitimate signings that will help this team.  I would like to see them add Giles who has the potential and upside to gel and grow with Tatum and the core in place.


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