Boston on the list when free agents shop

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It’s a question that will be answered in time, as Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge accumulates assets, collects expiring contracts, and desperately protects salary-cap space.

Will a premium free agent consider playing for the Boston Celtics?

The recent resurrection of the Celtics, which produced two trips to the NBA Finals and one championship, was borne through trade. Ray Allen was acquired on draft night in 2007 and Kevin Garnett was brought to Boston 33 days later.

Most of the free agents Boston has procured over the past two decades have either been players near the end of their careers, or moderately talented players. No premium free agent in recent memory has come to the Celtics, and there are many reasons.

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