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4 Centers the Celtics Can Acquire If They Sign Kemba Walker

Max Staley
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Just a few months ago, the Boston Celtics were arguably in the most enviable position in the NBA. However, Gordon Hayward underwhelmed in his return from a gruesome leg injury last season, and both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford appear to be on their way out of Boston.

Still, there's hope on the horizon. Recent reports indicate that the Celtics are the frontrunner to sign Kemba Walker. If he signs, he would be an excellent replacement for Irving. But the Celtics would still need to find a reliable center to fill out their roster, and that could be tricky with Kemba likely taking up most of Boston's available cap space.

If Boston manages to sign Kemba, here are four big men they could sign to fill out the rotation and replace Horford.

4. Robin Lopez, Chicago Bulls

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The Celtics are loaded with perimeter scoring, and now they need a center who does the little things. Few big men do the little things better than Robin Lopez. He knows his role: he rebounds, protects the rim and he sets screens. The Celtics need someone to muck it up down low, and Lopez should come as a cheaper option.

3. Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers

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Enes Kanter has his flaws (namely, defense) but he's a good low-post scorer and rebounder. He's also not afraid to talk a little trash, which could make him a nice fit on Boston's hard-nosed, defensive-minded roster. While playing Kemba and Kanter together could create some headaches on defense, the big man could still earn rotation minutes. Kanter might not command a huge contract, and he could be a great signing for Danny Ainge.

2. Nerlens Noel, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Nerlens Noel is far more talented than his production would lead you to believe. While he hasn't quite put it all together, he's a remarkable athlete with the ability to guard all five positions. Boston's defense is predicated on switching, so Nerlens could be a valuable addition. He won't add much on offense, but he's a Massachusetts native and could be a great flier on a cheap deal.

1. Dewayne Dedmon, Atlanta Hawks

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After a career year with the Atlanta Hawks, Dewayne Dedmon might need to take a pay cut to make this fit work. although, if they can work out the finances, Demon could be the perfect fit on a cheap deal. His 3-point shooting ability (38.2 percent from 3-point range) could create a ton of space for Boston's primary scorers. Additionally, Dedmon is a solid rebounder (7.5 RPG) and a decent rim protector. Given his ability as a two-way player, Dedmon is a great fit in Boston.

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