BOSTON – Free agency came and went for the Boston Celtics with results that weren’t exactly what they were hoping for.Everybody from ownership to the front office to the players – the ones already with multi-year deals like Isaiah Thomas of course – were doing all they could to lure the best talent available to Boston.There was a noticeable eye towards bolstering the frontcourt which made sense considering a sizable chunk of this summer’s free agents were of the 6-foot-9 (and up) variety who would have come in and immediately became the team’s best player.In the end, Boston didn’t land that shiny, off-the-factory-floor superstar who would be the driving force towards Boston bringing home Banner 18.Like most teams in their shoes, the Celtics shifted their focus to quantity over quality by using their three primary offseason tools for improvement – draft, trade and free agency – to acquire Jordan Mickey (draft), David Lee (trade) and Amir Johnson (free agency).Those players along with the team’s returners will all be vying for playing time and a spot in the starting lineup. With so much balance within the roster, being a starter is the only way any of these guys can safely secure playing time.And while the guards and wings will certainly wage some pretty competitive battles for playing time, the war in the trenches will be unlike anything we’ve seen in Boston in quite a while.You have players, both young (Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller) and not so young (Lee, Johnson, Jonas Jerebko) hoping to play their way into a contract extension this fall or a fat new deal next summer.With that, here’s a look at the Boston Celtics’ roster among the bigs heading into training camp.
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