Examining the prohibitive cost of a potential D’Angelo Russell pursuit for Celtics

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With Kyrie Irving all but out the door in Boston, the Celtics are going to need some help in the shot creation department next season, particularly at point guard.

There are internal options in play here for Boston. In fact, I'd expect Marcus Smart to be the frontrunner to start at point guard upon Irving’s departure. Terry Rozier remains a possibility to return in a reserve capacity despite his inflammatory remarks after the season thanks to his restricted free agency tag. However, the Celtics can certainly do better than him on the offensive end when you factor in his 38 percent career shooting mark from the field.

One common name that has made the rounds in recent days as a potential Celtics target is Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell. We’ve covered him previously at BSJ but reports out of New York emphasize that he is likely done in Brooklyn if the team brings in Irving due to their positional overlap.

The question for the Celtics is whether they have any realistic routes to acquire him. The answer is yes, but nearly all of them will come at a high cost.