Coming into the offseason, many people thought the Boston Celtics would shake up their team. They had fallen way short of expectations during the 2020-21 season, having to win the NBA Play-In Tournament for a spot in the postseason bracket.
Boston defeated the Washington Wizards and earned the seventh seed in the conference. They lost to the Brooklyn Nets in five games, starting their offseason earlier than anyone in the organization had hoped for.
The organization revamped its front office, as Brad Stevens took over basketball operations from Danny Ainge. Ime Udoka was tabbed as the team’s next head coach and the roster construction started shortly after.
Kemba Walker was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder with Al Horford coming back to Beantown. Josh Richardson was acquired from the Dallas Mavericks and absorbed into the trade exception they had remaining.
The first part of that trade exception was used to acquire Evan Fournier from the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline. Boston sent two future second-round picks to Orlando to complete the deal.
It was widely assumed that Fournier would return to Boston in free agency, but that no longer seems like a lock. The two sides are reportedly far apart on contract negotiations and Boston is losing confidence in bringing him back.
Which teams could snag Fournier away from the Celtics? Here are three potential free agency landing spots for him this offseason.