Celtics reportedly showed interest in LaMarcus Aldridge this summer


The news that Robert Williams is undergoing surgery on his left knee in mid-September could prompt the Celtics to add a veteran big man before the start of the season.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned Tuesday the Celtics had some interest in seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge over the summer.

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They could revisit those discussions with Williams now expected to be out four to six weeks.

“Boston still has a roster spot left. There are still some veteran bigs out there on the marketplace,” said Woj. “If they decide that they want to add somebody, Dwight Howard is out there, LaMarcus Aldridge is out there – a player I was told they showed a little interest in this summer.”

Williams, who showed his immense value inside and on the defensive end during the postseason, is slated to play an important role for the Celtics this year — especially with Al Horford entering his age-36 season. Without Williams, the Celtics are thin upfront, with Grant Williams likely sliding in as their top power forward off the bench.

Aldridge, 37, played in 47 games for the Nets last season, averaging 12.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per night. The veteran also shot 55 percent from the floor. (Aldridge was inactive for the Nets' postseason series against the Celtics.)

Ime Udoka coached Aldridge in San Antonio from 2015-19.

With sharpshooting veteran Danilo Gallinari tearing his ACL, the Celtics are eligible for disabled player exception, which is worth $3.2 million. They could use that money to bring in Aldridge for the veteran minimum.

Last month, there were murmurs about the Celtics pursuing Carmelo Anthony in the wake of Gallinari’s injury, but those talks have died off.