The Boston Celtics were a pretty nice surprise in the NBA this past year, as they finished with the 7th best record in the Eastern Conference to make the playoffs. Despite that success, Boston is obviously not satisfied. They are still looking for a franchise player or two to build around, and that means they will probably need to make some moves over the summer. The question is, who are in the long term plans for the Boston Celtics as they continue to build?
The back-court trio of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas all seem to be nice pieces that fit what Brad Stevens is trying to accomplish as a head coach. Smart is still on his rookie contract, while Bradley and Thomas have several years left on their deals. No one is untouchable, but they are all affordable players who provide skill sets that are hard to find on the open market.
Jae Crowder was somewhat of an afterthought in the Rajon Rondo trade, but he has turned into a perfect role player for any team trying to be a playoff contender. Not only can he guard multiple positions, but he is much better on offense than people give him credit for. He’s a restricted free agent, so there is a chance some team throws huge money at him, but probably not after suffering an injury in the final playoff game.
Boston will try to be a player in free agency, but they are not going to go out and overspend on a superstar. They are trying to build a winning culture, and Stevens has done a lot with little. Other key players like Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynyk should be back as well, but Boston is never taking that next step until they acquire or develop at least one perennial All-Star. Boston fans should know as well as anyone that the NBA is driven by stars, and they need someone to fill up the box score in daily fantasy NBA to lean on.
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