Celtics Urged Not to Pursue Ex-Laker, Bench Scorer

The Boston Celtics could look for some bench help before the NBA Trade Deadline. They have limited options for who they can get knowing their payroll. With the few options at their disposal, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley believes they should refrain from acquiring Lonnie Walker IV.

“The Celtics don’t get a lot of creation from their bench, so the idea of a spark-plug scorer like Lonnie Walker IV could be intriguing,” Buckley wrote. “His production is erratic, but his good nights can be hugely helpful. He has netted 20-plus points six times this season, and he logged fewer than 28 minutes in all but one of those tilts.”

Buckley then explained why Walker may not be any better for the Celtics than who they have knowing their personnel.

“However, he is basically a 6’4″ scoring specialist. What are the chances he could actually crack the playoff rotation? There might be one backcourt backup in the postseason rotation, and what would make Walker’s quick-strike scoring the better choice than (Payton) Pritchard’s superior shooting and ball-control? Walker is bigger and a better athlete, sure, but his physical tools have never translated to consistent defense.”



Gideon Canice

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