WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE BOSTON CELTICS?
Article written by Dylan Devine (9/26/20)
In this article I will be discussing the future of the Boston Celtics. I will be going over some possible options as to what they can do to improve their team. It feels as if they are one star away from being NBA Champions.
OPTION ONE : Keep the team they have now.
The Celtics have a great group of guys. They really do. They’ve got arguably the best starting five in the NBA with Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Daniel Theis. Then they’ve got one of the, if not the best defensive players in the league in Marcus Smart coming off the bench. Then there’s guys like Enes Kanter, Brad Wannamaker, Robert Williams, Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, and Semi Ojeleye. They’ve also got some great young guys who don’t get much playing time like Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters, and Tacko Fall of course. They can keep rolling with this team as long as they want to be honest. Keep building up their young guys, have Tatum and Brown continue to reach superstar level of play, and have Smart and Kemba be the two true leaders of the team. I just can’t confidently say they will win a championship with this roster. I think the one missing piece of this team is a big man who can score. Don’t get me wrong, Theis is a great center and is one of the most underrated players in the league. But he certainly is not the best scorer averaging only 9.2 PPG.
OPTION TWO : Keep the same team and draft Vernon Carey Jr.
Vernon Carey Jr is without a doubt one of the best big men in this years draft class. The Celtics have the 14th pick in this years draft and I really think they could pull this off. Carey averaged 17.8 PPG, 8.8 RPG, and 1.6 BPG in the 2019-20 season at Duke. He is a big man who can score with ease. Adding him to this current Celtics roster would add a scoring big man and even more depth then they already have. Keep Theis as the starter until Carey is ready. Have the bench be Wannamaker, Smart, Langfor, Carey, and Robert Williams.
OPTION THREE : Trade Hayward for Myles Turner
Since the horrific leg injury Gordon Hayward suffered in the first game of the 2017-18 season he has not come back to the all-star level that he played like in Utah. He has shown a few glimpses, but hasn’t been consistent. A great option for the Celtics would be trading Hayward for a star big man. That big man could be Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers. Turner is a perfect trade target for Boston. I think they could really pull this trade off by trading away Hayward and some future draft picks for Turner and a bench player from Indiana. This could seriously bring a championship to Boston.
OPTION FOUR : Sign Andre Drummond and let Hayward walk
Hayward is a restricted free agent this offseason. If they let Hayward walk, that would free up some money for Boston. With that money I think it’d be a great idea to sign Andre Drummond. Drummond has led the league in rebounds for quite sometime, finishing the 2019-20 season averaging 15.2 RPG. Along with that he averaged 17.7 PPG which would give the Celtics a big man who can score, which is exactly what they need. This is unlikely as it’s rumored that Drummond wants to opt in to his contract with Cleveland, but never say never in the NBA.
OPTION FIVE : Let Hayward walk and sign Hassan Whiteside
A similar scenario to my last option. Let Hayward walk to free some cap space, and sign a big man. Whiteside is the best shot blocker in the NBA and led the NBA in BPG in the 2019-20 season averaging 2.9 per game. Along with that he can score, and rebound. Averaging 15.5 PPG and 13.5 RPG. This would be another great option for Boston in my opinion.
If Boston wants to win a championship soon, they need to make some sort of move or moves to the team. The C position is so important in the NBA now a days and that is their one missing piece. A star big man who can score. Danny Ainge is arguably the best GM in the NBA, so I am confident he will do something this offseason to make this Boston team even better.