October 3, 2022

BOSTON — In the hours of free agency, the Celtics, NBA finalists for the first time in more than a decade last season, saw the competition improve. They saw the 76ers add PJ Tucker and Danuel House while moving toward a friendlier deal with James Harden. They watched the Bucks add Joe Ingles to a team that pushed Boston to seven games in the conference semifinals — without All-Star guard Khris Middleton. They watched as the Hawks traded for Dejounte Murray, the Knicks signed Jalen Brunson and the Wizards sourced point guards to play the newly re-signed Bradley Beal.