Properly then. I wrote precisely one paragraph earlier than studying that Danny Ainge was stepping apart and Brad Stevens was taking his place. How a lot does that change issues? Does it change something in any respect?
Ainge traded Antoine Walker proper after taking the job in 2003; might that be an omen for his successor? Entrance workplace shakeups not often precede merely operating it again, however on the similar time, this isn’t a roster that wants yet one more rebuild.
We gained’t have any solutions for some time, however… wow. What per week. Both approach, I feel the Celtics’ record of priorities is generally unchanged, with the apparent added merchandise of discovering a brand new head coach. I don’t have very many ideas on that, however I do hope they offer Kara Lawson a shot. Let’s check out who this new coach may very well be inheriting:
It’s in the very best curiosity of the Celtics to maneuver off his contract. Even after resting to begin the season and sitting out on one half of every back-to-back, Kemba’s physique didn’t maintain up for one playoff collection, which is a fairly unhealthy signal. He struggled to attain in opposition to Brooklyn’s protection, which is even worse. This season most likely crushes his commerce worth, however there are not any untradeable contracts within the NBA today. It simply means the Celtics must connect belongings in the event that they need to pull the set off.
Are there groups that may gamble on him? Perhaps the Dallas Mavericks might consolidate some smaller contracts to get him, but when that doesn’t pan out, do they change into the Celtics of the West?
Can the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder be bribed with extra draft picks? Ought to the Celtics kick the tires on Al Horford once more in the identical deal? It’s laborious to justify changing one man who must be saved in bubble wrap with one other, so I feel that ship has sailed. Needless to say Horford’s final yr solely ensures him $14.5 million, which may very well be the kind of flexibility Boston needs.
Holding Kemba additionally works, however places much more stress on the staff to hit a house run on one other peripheral transfer. They’ll’t afford one other offseason just like the final.
The Celtics gave up two second spherical picks to show Gordon Hayward into an enormous commerce exception after which paid two extra seconds to make use of a piece of it to amass Evan Fournier. Perhaps I’m falling into the sunk price fallacy, nevertheless it looks like re-signing him this summer season needs to be a prime precedence if that a lot was invested to get him. Fournier poses a problem to creating cohesive lineups with the present roster, however this isn’t one thing the place it’s value letting good get in the best way of good.
Sadly, taking part in Fournier alongside Kemba creates some severe defensive points. Combine in Jaylen’s off-ball lapses and the occasional Robert Williams gaffe and the errors begin to pile up fairly rapidly. Even when Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith form up defensively, it nonetheless leaves too many gaps among the many core gamers.
Once more, which means the Celtics must nail one in every of their peripheral strikes. Yet another sturdy two-way participant would go a great distance.
Re-signing Fournier goes to deliver the Celtics into the luxurious tax. And if possession isn’t prepared to do this, then we’ve received far higher issues than staff protection. My guess is that they pay the worth, seemingly within the vary of $20 million, to ensure they’ve some taking pictures across the Jays. It feels steep, however $20 million for a prime tier position participant actually isn’t as uncommon today as folks make it out to be.
Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson, and Luke Kornet
Rob is as expert as he’s flawed, however all I care about is that the Celtics are rattling good when he’s on the ground. He’s received yet one more yr on his deal earlier than the Celtics want to determine the following one, and I don’t envy anybody who has to work out the numbers on that. As a lot as I hate framing it this fashion, his damage may save the Celtics some cash in the event that they don’t get outbid. He’s the very best match at heart with the Jays out of anybody on the roster, so he stays.
Signing Thompson backfired spectacularly. Giving up Desmond Bane to get off Enes Kanter’s contract and downgrading at his place when the bar was extremely low is even worse. A full offseason and coaching camp with the staff might salvage this, however it could be a hell of a turnaround for him to be a net-positive participant. The Celtics might use some assist at each place attainable, and making Thompson obtainable is a no brainer. Perhaps some groups will ignore the superior stats and have a look at his playoff numbers.
Luke Kornet is expiring. I feel he’s a strong participant, however the lack of playoff minutes sort of speaks for itself so far as his place on the roster. One can solely assume he gained’t be introduced again.
Jabari Parker, Semi Ojeleye, Carsen Edwards
The Celtics must improve not less than two of those roster spots. Want to. The Ojeleye Expertise has run its course, capped off by one in every of my favourite stats of all time: an elusive zero-block common season. 56 video games performed, 950 minutes, and 0 blocks. Credit score to Dangercart for keeping track of this because the season wound down:
Semi Ojeleye completed the season with zero (0) blocks in 950 minutes. Semi is a 6’6” wing who as soon as examined out at a 40” vert and is primarily seen as a defensive participant.
Since blocks grew to become a stat, that is the second most minutes in a zero block season by a participant over 6’4”.
— Ryan Bernardoni AC⚡️AB (@dangercart) May 16, 2021
A few of you might be excessive on Parker after the playoffs, nevertheless it’s not my fault James Harden determined to not play basketball every time Parker coated him. My ideas are unchanged, which is that his largely one-dimensional scoring and in any other case empty skillset isn’t what the Celtics want. The roster can solely afford so many spots to fringe rotation guys, and I don’t see how Parker suits into any short-term or long-term plan.
Carsen Edwards has had a handful of alternatives over the previous couple seasons and didn’t capitalize on hardly any of them. His massive preseason moments don’t rating him any bonus factors at this stage. Sixty-eight video games performed within the professionals isn’t a complete lot, however you don’t get a lot leeway as a second spherical decide on a staff missing depth at each place. He’s additionally owed cash subsequent yr, so he is perhaps the one end-of-bench man that lives to see one other season carrying inexperienced.
Payton Pritchard, Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Aaron Nesmith
From this group, the Celtics want not less than one strong two-way participant to spherical out their rotation. Given their tight cap scenario, that is the most certainly supply of significant roster enchancment from this yr to the following. Listed here are my “most certainly to change into the aforementioned rotation man” energy rankings:
1) Romeo Langford. He’s a prolonged wing who can already play distinctive protection. The scoring contact isn’t there but, however I’ve religion that it’ll come round. He’s too expert to be a zero on offense.
2) Aaron Nesmith. Very erratic protection however the offense is already there. He’s type of a mini-Fournier who can fill within the gaps on offense wherever the Jays want him to. The quickness, athleticism, and profitable performs almost ensures him future taking part in time.
3) Grant Williams. There’s nonetheless part of me that thinks he has the very best ceiling of anybody on this quick record. He’s an extremely good participant that made too many expensive errors to remain within the rotation final season. He tends to make the proper play when it isn’t all the time the greatest play, if that makes any sense. He’ll take a foul in transition and make an additional swing move on the perimeter when he may very well be extra proactive, and even aggressive.
4) Payton Pritchard. A sensible participant and strong shooter in his personal proper, however his measurement and pace are going to carry him again it doesn’t matter what. He might get faster, however he ain’t getting taller. He’s not an ideal match right here, however good is tough to attain. He’ll have a pleasant lengthy NBA profession as a backup guard both approach.
I don’t essentially need any of those 4 traded, however they’re clearly on the desk if one other staff comes asking. It’ll be laborious to promote excessive on any of them after such a turbulent season, so I’m undecided conjuring up commerce concepts is productive. I do suppose all 4 of them are value growing, so I hope they stick round.
Tremont Waters, Tacko Fall
Tremont Waters is a very, actually slick passer. I’m undecided I can push rather more Tremont propaganda past that. I imply, I’m satisfied he’s good, however seeing different rookies are available and knock down photographs immediately makes Waters out of date on this roster. He’ll get a shot someplace, nevertheless it’s the improper time and improper place for him proper now in Boston. I’m guessing he doesn’t stick.
Tacko Fall is vastly improved from his rookie yr, and but he’s not near turning into an NBA participant. I’m not overly involved with how viable our two-way contract gamers are, however Tacko received two years to show himself and I feel we’ve seen all we’re going to see. It’s most likely time to maneuver on.
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Good
Jayson Tatum will likely be a Celtic subsequent season. No elaboration wanted.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Good are all the time the 2 guys to get jammed into mock trades, however I’m fairly assured the staff isn’t trying to transfer them. If the Celtics needed a full teardown and one other rebuild, they wouldn’t have saved a lot of their employees round as they begin a post-Danny Ainge period. They definitely wouldn’t have given Brad Stevens the job in the event that they anticipated him to explode the core of the staff.
Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge
Two foremost ideas right here:
What am I imagined to make of this?! I feel I’m completely satisfied however even a number of days later the shock hasn’t worn off.
I didn’t suppose Brad needs to be fired, however I assumed somebody wanted to set his rotations straight. The Celtics had been determined for a kick-start on offense, and I’m undecided Brad had any extra methods up his sleeve to repair that both. None of that issues now that he’s the brand new President of Basketball Operations, however these had been my considerations.
Ainge didn’t essentially want to go, however I’m a lot hotter to the concept of him leaving than the opportunity of Brad getting fully ousted. The large tales with Ainge currently have concerned free brokers leaving and a Gordon Hayward/Myles Turner commerce falling by way of, however the true issues stemmed from smaller transactions that left the roster feeling somewhat helpless. Utilizing the thirtieth decide (Desmond Bane) to get off Kanter’s deal and changing him with Tristan Thompson was tough. The Jeff Teague signing was a purple flag from the beginning; no one anticipated that one to pan out.
Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard will likely be effective basketball gamers, nevertheless it’s laborious to disregard them passing on Tyrese Maxey, Xavier Tillman, and dumping Bane. I’m not an enormous draft man and I admittedly base loads of my takes on tweets from Draft Nerd Twitter, however you realize what? They’re normally proper. And for those who have a look at the Memphis Grizzlies’ draft historical past, there’s not less than one NBA staff on the identical wavelength.
Once more, the Celtics have usually drafted fairly properly and also you heathens are going to come back round on Grant Williams ultimately, however among the late first-round, early second-round misses currently have been avoidable.
Lastly, Ainge’s unlucky quote the place he hasn’t “heard something” about racism in TD Backyard was an indication that he won’t be tapped into the heartbeat of the staff. To recommend you haven’t heard about racism in any metropolis in America is disingenuous at greatest and obnoxiously ignorant at worst.
A whole teardown of the Celtics’ hierarchy as their core gamers attain their prime could be an immense threat. Holding some voices round whereas making room for contemporary views ought to make everybody completely satisfied, though we gained’t know the way this all pans out till they rent a coach and we see how they deal with the roster.