Celtics could pounce to add Andrew Bogut to roster

February 24, 2017 GMT

WALTHAM — Though not everyone in the Celtics organization loves the idea of adding center Andrew Bogut — the 32-year-old has an injury-prone history — he does fill two big needs.

If signed once he’s bought out by Philadelphia — the team that traded for the former Maverick, Warrior and Buck as part of a larger deal yesterday — Bogut automatically would become the Celtics’ best rebounder and rim protector.

He’s also the kind of skilled big man who A) would be a seamless fit into Brad Stevens’ offense, and B) would enable Al Horford to swing over to his more natural power forward position.

Philadelphia is expected to buy out Bogut soon, and the Celtics would then have until March 1 to sign him — the date that would make him eligible for the playoffs. Such a deal would most likely be low enough that the Celtics could fit him under the salary cap.

Since he was traded from Golden State to Dallas last summer as part of the Harrison Barnes deal, Bogut has had some familiar trouble staying on the court. He missed 17 games between December and January due to knee and hamstring issues. But he won a championship with the Warriors, and has been to two NBA Finals.

He’s exactly the kind of experienced hand the Celtics can use. They also won’t be alone in their pursuit of the Australian, with Cleveland expected to take a look.