Celtics Targeting Shooting Guards

Faced with the possibility that Ray Allen may have played his last game with the Celtics, Boston is targeting shooting guards early in free agency, according to various reports. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics are pursuing Jason Terry and have interest in Nick Young, while multiple reports indicate the C's have contacted Jamal Crawford. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld adds O.J. Mayo and Sonny Weems to the list of players that have already been contacted by Boston (Twitter link).

Although Kevin Garnett reportedly reached an agreement with the Celtics on a multiyear deal, it appears one member of Boston's Big Three may not be back. Allen is at the top of the Grizzlies' and Heat's lists of offseason targets, and while the Celtics hold the sharpshooter's Bird rights, he doesn't appear to be a priority for the C's at the moment.

Given the cap holds currently on Boston's books for the team's own free agents, including Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, Allen, and others, the Celtics are still considered an over-the-cap club. If they were to renounce their rights to some free agents, the Celtics could carve out some cap space, but it's probably more likely that they'll use their mid-level exception in their pursuit of a shooting guard.

The Celtics could also meet with Kirk Hinrich, tweets Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio.


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