A disappointing season mercifully ended and meaning individuals are in search of who guilty. The Celtics instantly modified their management construction, which made lots of people completely happy (or not less than much less offended). Nonetheless many followers have already shifted their consideration to the roster and have logically landed on the man with the largest wage. All of that is completely pure and in some ways very predictable. I imply, I’m the one who stoked the flames by posting 3 articles in regards to the potential of buying and selling Kemba Walker within the final week. However sooner or later the narrative pendulum swings too far.
I’m beginning to see increasingly more folks speaking about Kemba as if he’s an entire damaging on this group. Possibly that is simply the vocal minority being loud on-line, however enable me to be loud again (respectfully in fact).
Kemba Walker is 16 months faraway from his newest All Star look and he’s simply 31 years outdated. Accidents took their toll on him and he’s misplaced a few of his explosiveness. That’s a priority, little question. Nevertheless it isn’t that tough to think about an extended offseason giving him time to recuperate and regain a few of that burst again.
Even restricted by accidents, he nonetheless averaged over 19 factors per sport this previous season and simply over 20 the prior yr. That’s a far cry from the 25 per he averaged in his final season in Charlotte, however he’s in a totally completely different function on this group. He’s not going to complain about touches, he’s completely happy to let our younger stars take the lead, and he’s perennially upbeat and optimistic whatever the circumstances (which is an efficient factor folks). In brief, a terrific possibility as a third star.
The Celtics as a group want extra dynamic scorers. Eradicating Kemba from this roster would solely exacerbate that drawback additional. It’s actually honest to take an extended have a look at methods to deploy him in rotations. Possibly giving him extra minutes with the 2nd unit would make extra sense, so he can get a greater groove with out taking photographs away from Tatum and Brown.
Walker can nonetheless cook dinner within the choose and roll and he had quite a lot of enjoyable tossing up lobs to Robert Williams III. He shoots that float-forward 3 pointer off the dribble that provides him area regardless of his lack of dimension. He can get into the paint and collapse the protection for kick-outs.
Consider it this fashion, in case you fully take away the payroll from the equation and I informed you we might have a dynamic, scoring, former All Star for the subsequent two years, that may be a superb factor, proper?
Now think about if the house owners slap down a clean verify and inform Brad Stevens to construct the roster the perfect he can no matter tax. Are there actually guys on the market that the Celtics can go get that may be an improve from Kemba? Many of the commerce concepts on the market are both for cap functions or breaking his wage into smaller items that don’t precisely add as much as a lot manufacturing on the court docket.
I get it although. Actuality bites. There’s in all probability a restrict to what the house owners are keen to spend. Taking a step again by offloading his contract would possibly make extra sense for the longer term. However remember that offloading now could be promoting at his lowest perceived worth.
There’s a state of affairs the place he might come again trying robust subsequent season, which might be each useful on the court docket and when it comes to his commerce worth. And the worst case is that he continues to battle with accidents and after subsequent season his contract turns into an expiring deal that could be a lot simpler to commerce or use as matching wage in one other deal.
Brad Stevens and the Celtics ought to at all times search for any manner doable to make this roster higher. If that features buying and selling Kemba Walker, so be it. I simply don’t imagine that shifting him needs to be the best precedence this summer time.