This article listed some interesting names that could break free:
I don't think Josh Hart is realistic due to salary, and P.J. Washington is listed above. Others:
Mike Muscala, Oklahoma City Thunder
2022-23 stats: 5.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.9 apg, 43.1% FG, 37.3% 3PT
2022-23 cap hit: $3.5 million
Muscala's stats don't jump off the page, but he's been pretty productive in limited action for OKC, averaging a career-high 20.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per 36 minutes for the Thunder last season. He's a quality 3-point shooter (37.7 percent over 10 NBA seasons) and at 6-foot-10 would give the Celtics some of the height and floor-spacing they expected to have with Gallinari.
Kenrich Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder
2022-23 stats: 7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 55.2% FG, 42.6% 3PT
2022-23 cap hit: $2 million
The 28-year-old Williams probably doesn't fit into OKC's rebuild plans, but he's an excellent shooter who also can play solid defense at 6-foot-6, 210 pounds. If the Celtics have long-term concerns about Hauser, it might be worth taking a flyer on Williams, who is low-risk on a $2 million expiring contract.
Javonte Green, Chicago Bulls
2022-23 stats: 5.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 58.7% FG, 38.2% 3PT
2022-23 cap hit: $1.8 million
Green admittedly isn't an ideal roster fit as a 6-foot-4 shooting guard. But he's one of Jayson Tatum's best friends from his one-and-a-half seasons in Boston from 2019 to 2021, and an Eastern Conference executive told Heavy.com's Sean Deveney that the Celtics are "keeping an eye on" Green.
Green is shooting well from 3-point range this season and plays aggressive defense, so if the Celtics can't find minutes for Payton Pritchard, perhaps they'd consider swapping him with Green to save some cash and appease their star player. (Green did undergo knee surgery Wednesday, but there's optimism he can return right around the trade deadline, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.)
I'd love to see us double dip with either the Bulls (Drummond + Green) or Thunder (Muscala + Williams). Also, for whatever it's worth, I've seen conflicting reports on whether Muscala is making $3.5 million or the vet minimum.
I agree with your positivity about Javonte. It's great to see him get rotation minutes and fulfill on some of his ample promise. Knee surgery is never good news, but this one looks routine. I guess I'm wondering how he'd fit in Boston; he'd almost certainly get a minutes demotion - not so good for his career trajectory, especially at his age; so I'd bet against it happening. Too bad! I'd love to see him back in Boston.
I have to admit I'm disappointed in the lack of success that the current Bulls roster experiment has had; it's good for the game, and good for fans, to have different teams doing different things. I just looked at their injury list, and I'd say that their mediocrity is better explained by players missing games than by a misconceived offense, though. Was Lonzo Ball really the key guy in their early success last season?
I can't say I've got any enthusiasm for bringing Drummond to the Celtics. He's a poor fit on both ends of the floor, I'd say, and despite the huge rebounding numbers both ways.
I also don't imagine that Kenrich Williams is obtainable - at least at any price that the Celtics are willing to pay. I see evidence that Brad and his elves are not so interested in bringing in promising young developmental projects (like Romeo and Nesmith, to pick a couple of recent examples) but rather in finished products they can fit around their core guys. (I know that I'd get a passionate argument about it, but I think they see Marcus Smart as one of the core group.)
Here's how I see the backup big situation, headed into the deadline: last summer, Stevens and company brought in several players to give themselves multiple chances for a third and fourth big to emerge. It looks like the one left standing when the music stopped was Noah Vonleh, poor fellow - but the point is the Boston brass don't appear to be looking to buy backup big insurance right now. Yes, of course an opportunity could come up, just as it did last year. Theis did a great job, and I think we ought to admire the way that Brad and friends remade and improved the rotation by subtraction, while also adding Daniel. That losing him was part of the cost of bringing in Malcolm was enough of a reason - we all agree on that, yes? - but Theis' chronic knee issues were no doubt a part of the equation.
I can't at the moment think of who might become this year's Daniel Theis, but I for one am not convinced that it's necessary - and won't be surprised if the Deadline passes by with nary a whimper. Hey, this thing is working. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Take yes for an answer! Etc.