Shortly after they acquired Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, it felt like the Boston Celtics were in the middle of one of the NBA's best offseasons.

Since then, Gallinari has gone down with a torn ACL (suffered at a FIBA World Cup qualifier in August), and incumbent starting center Robert Williams III underwent surgery on his left knee that could cost him months of this season.

With the frontcourt decimated by injuries, it was clear that Boston needed another big. On Friday, we got the answer on who that big is.

News of Blake Griffin's signing with Boston came as a bit of a surprise. Little reporting had preceded it, and Carmelo Anthony being a Celtic, at one point, was gaining "traction," according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

It was easy to see how he'd fit in Boston after averaging 13.3 points and 2.2 threes per game while shooting 37.5 percent from three for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021-22.

In fact, he might've fit even better than Gallo.

He wasn't the choice, though. And despite Griffin's significant issues with durability over the last three seasons, it's not that difficult to see why Boston went with him.

First of all, most of the Melo rumors were circulating prior to news of Williams' most recent surgery.