NBA Free Agency 2018: 5 offseason targets for the Boston Celtics

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2. Mario Chalmers

The Celtics have a lineup that others in the East envy, but they also have a dilemma.

Marcus Smart is the heart of this Celtics team, with his hard-nosed defense, timely offense, and leadership skills coming in handy when Irving went down before the playoffs. Smart was the catalyst for the Celtics, but, he’s a restricted free agent this offseason, and he will command some big contracts from teams that Boston may not feel so comfortable matching.

So, let’s assume, for a minute, that the Celtics will let Smart walk. We all know that Rozier is ready to assume the role of back up point guard behind Irving, but who will be the guy behind him?

Why Mario Chalmers is available.

He’s a winner, grabbing two championships with the Miami Heat as their starting point guard, and he’s an above-average defender and shot-maker. He’s also cheap, with his stock dropping tremendously thanks to his ill-fated time in Memphis.

Chalmers is in the Goodwill store, and the Celtics should explore picking him up for $2.50.