Boston Celtics Free Agency

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Article written by Dylan McGuire Devine (8/5/21)

Going into this years free agency/off-season, the Boston Celtics were attached to many free agent names. Rudy Gay, Danny Green, Isaiah Thomas, Lonzo Ball, Spencer Dinwiddie, and a few more guys. None of these players that the Celtics were ”In talks” with ended up in Boston. They have had a VERY quiet free agency thus far. The only moves they have made were trading Tristan Thompson in exchange for Kris Dunn, trading for Josh Richardson, and signing Enes Kanter on a one year deal.

Josh Richardson was a good move. Everything else has been not even really worth talking about. It looks like Kris Dunn won’t even be staying with the Celtics. Enes Kanter was decent last season on the Trail Blazers and was decent when he played for Boston in the 2019-20 season, but he’s nothing too special. After trading Thompson and Moses Brown the Celtics are a bit thin at the big man position. It feels like the Celtics have needed a real good big man forever now. Yes, Horford was great for them but he isn’t a star big man and is getting up there in age. Although timelord (Robert Williams) has shown real promise, he isn’t a star either.

After trading Kemba Walker early in the off-season, this will be the Celtics first season without an All-Star PG in recent memory. This could mean Josh Richardson and Marcus Smart starting in the backcourt together which isn’t terrible but isn’t going to lead the Celtics to a championship. So what is the real missing piece that could lead the Celtics to their 18th banner?

The answer to that question is simple. Bradley Beal. I’m sure I am not the only one that believes the big reason why Boston isn’t going crazy this off-season with signing players is because they are trying to have financial flexibility for the ’22 free agent class. The Celtics priority, according to a league source, is to retain a “salary restructure” that will make it possible to sign a major player like Beal when he comes available. Beal has been linked to the Celtics pretty much since it came out he was reportedly frustrated with the Wizards last season. Him and Tatum are childhood best friends and the both of them have expressed that they would love to play together, so why not make that happen if the chance is there. Beal has a player option next summer, but he’ll most likely opt out and become a free agent. If Beal doesn’t end up in Boston next summer, the Celtics will finally have a good amount of cap space to sign a different big name player.

As of right now, it looks like the Celtics will likely be having a mediocre season due to the lackluster roster they have right now. Currently I see their starters being Smart, Richardson, Brown, Tatum, and Horford. This leaves Robert Williams, Langford, Nesmith, Pritchard, and Grant Williams coming off the bench. This lineup isn’t terrible, but it’s not gonna lead them to a deep playoff run. I honestly wouldn’t even be surprised if they become a lottery team this season.

This team is a very young team and really Horford is their only “older” player so I could be wrong and some of the young guys could show promise and help this Celtics team succeed, but my hopes aren’t high. I am looking forward to Ime Udoka taking over as HC and I believe he will be a great fit in Boston. Next summer is going to be very big for the Celtics and could be the deciding factor in whether or not they’ll be getting banner 18 anytime soon or not. If they don’t land a big name player like Beal, I believe they’ll be in some real trouble. But we will have to just wait and see.

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