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Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics potential off-season plans, and there's no surprise what Danny's priority is:

[Danny] Ainge was fairly blunt when asked about his priorities this offseason.

“Well, we definitely need to improve our frontline,” he said.

No date has been set for Kevin Garnett’s right knee surgery, but the Celtics have every expectation that the forward will return to form next season. But with forward Leon Powe (torn ACL) out until at least the All-Star break -- and that’s even if they bring the restricted free agent back -- the Celts clearly will need to add tall people.

Look for them to check out point guards and wing defenders, as well.

“There are a lot of things I’m going to explore this summer,” Ainge said. “But a lot of things are based on timing and who might be available at the right time.

“Right now we’re taking a big look at the draft to see what might be there for us. We’re checking to see if there are any players we might want to trade up for.” . . .

“Overall we’ve just got to get better,” Ainge said. “We want to keep the nucleus together and see what we can do to improve our team.”

It's hard to disagree with the priority being the front line.  Even though our bigs played with heart, it's difficult when your most talented bigs off the bench are no taller than 6'8" (and no, Mikki doesn't count as "talented").

Here's a  partial list of some of the free agent big men who will be available: 

Chris Andersen, Brandon Bass, Carlos Boozer, Drew Gooden, Marcin Gortat (Restricted), Shawn Marion, Antonio McDyess, Rasho Nesterovic, Lamar Odom, Zaza Pachulia, Joe Smith, Robert Swift, Rasheed Wallace,  Chris Wilcox

Obviously, some of those guys are better fits than others, and some aren't realistically obtainable (i.e., Boozer).  A complete list of all free agents can be found here.




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