Article written by Dylan McGuire Devine (6/11/21)
After being a first round exit in this seasons playoffs, the Boston Celtics are expected to make some changes this off-season. We have already seen some changes in the front office with Danny Ainge stepping down as GM which led to former Celtics Head Coach, Brad Stevens replacing him as the teams new GM. Along with this move, news broke on Wednesday that Kemba Walker and the Celtics want a breakup. As a lifelong Celtics fan, I am perfectly fine with this. It is time to move on from Walker.
In all honesty, I wanted this to happen in the 2020 off-season. I know Kemba struggled with injuries both last season and this season, but even when he was healthy I didn’t feel like he fit in on the Celtics. Boston needs a PG that can really compliment Tatum and Brown. I see a lot of people saying the Celtics missing piece is a star PG. I completely disagree. Tatum and Brown have already proven to both be star playmakers on their own, they need a solid PG who can compliment their game even more and get the ball to them with ease. We don’t need a star PG who is going to complicate who gets the ball even more.
Kemba’s contract sucks. But he could be a valuable asset to a team looking for a PG who has star potential and can be a locker room leader. The most ideal/realistic trade option IMO would be a trade to the New Orleans Pelicans. Boston can hypothetically send Walker and other assets in exchange for Lonzo Ball and another valuable player or maybe even some draft picks. I think Lonzo would be the perfect player to compliment Tatum and Brown while also being a playmaker himself. This past season Ball averaged 14.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and 5.7 APG. In his third season in the league, he improved his game even more and has improved his jump shot by a lot. New Orleans will have quite the decision to make as Ball will be getting plenty of offers this off-season, so trading him to Boston in exchange for Walker could be their best bet.