Celtics Need to Continue to Make Changes in Offseason


The Celtics wasted no time restructuring the organization, as it was announced a couple weeks ago that Danny Ainge would be stepping down and Brad Stevens would be taking his place as Boston's president of basketball operations. 

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It was a move that shocked many, and it seemingly came out of nowhere. Just about 12 hours after the Celtics fell to the Brooklyn Nets in five games, the team's head coach was headed to the front office and the hunt for a replacement was set to begin. 

After what most Celtics fans considered a disappointing season, many wanted significant changes made this offseason, and they got just that right out of the gate. While the move may have been a step in the right direction, Boston is going to need to make a variety of other moves if it truly wants to make its way back to the top of the Eastern Conference. 

Move Kemba Walker Elsewhere 

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Kemba Walker came to Boston in a sign-and-trade back in the summer of 2019 with the hope that he would fill the void left by Kyrie Irving. Walker might not have been on the same tier as Irving, but he was certainly a viable alternative that could bring some solid production to Boston. He was amazing with the Hornets, but there were some questions as to how he would perform in a bigger market on a team where he was not the solidified No. 1 option. 

As we now know, Walker would never really live up to the expectations set by Celtics fans. He has shown glimpses of the player he was in Charlotte, but injuries have truly limited his ability to consistently play at a high level. Because of this, many are now calling for Walker to be shipped out of Boston, and he should be. 

The move to bring Walker into the organization was the right move at the time, but this summer it might be time to move on from the former UConn standout, and news just broke this past week that both Walker and the team want a "breakup." 

The only thing that would prevent the Celtics from dealing Walker elsewhere is the talent, or lack thereof, that they would get in return. The 31-year-old might not be exactly what other teams are looking for and due to his past injuries, a lot of general managers will probably avoid including upper-echelon talent in any potential deals. 

Because of this, Walker would likely have to be dealt as part of a package that included younger players and picks, but one of Boston's top priorities this offseason should be to make sure that someone else is running the point this upcoming fall. 

Bring in Veteran Talent to Bolster the Bench

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Tristan Thompson and Jeff Teague were brought in last offseason to try and give this Boston team the veteran presence that it lacked, but things didn't really end up panning out as the front office hoped. Teague was traded at the deadline and while Thompson looked stellar in the playoff series against Brooklyn, he spent a lot of time sidelined due to injury and was often inconsistent in the regular season. 

The Celtics, specifically the bench, are an extremely young group. Nine players are 25 years old or younger and at 31, Kemba Walker is the oldest player on the team. One glaring issue Boston has had for the past few years has been the lack of veteran guidance and it has adversely affected the organization come playoff time. 

Brad Stevens needs to look for bench talent that has had at least 10 years of experience in the league. If he can bring in a veteran scorer, that's even better. The starting five's production has often been nothing short of exceptional, but aside from Payton Pritchard, there were not a lot of high-scoring options in the second unit to relieve the starters. 

Acquiring Evan Fourier this past year was a good start, but this bench still needs more depth and veterans. Putting faith into guys like Grant Williams and Romeo Langford to provide quality bench minutes will not serve Boston well next year if no moves are made. While they will play a role with this team, as they should, they are not bona fide leaders just yet. 

Focus on Putting Pieces Around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown

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Whether you like it or not, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the only truly untouchable pieces on this team. Everyone else on the roster should be used as trade bait, with guys like Marcus Smart, Robert Williams and Payton Pritchard as some of Boston's most attractive assets. 

You could make a case that Williams has put himself into the untouchable tier after his strong performances on offense and defense last season, but he's not quite there just yet. While he does address a major issue that has plagued the Celtics for years now (paint presence), including him in a package could bring a plethora of talent to Beantown. 

Brad Stevens and his front office need to build this team around Tatum and Brown. This is their team now. The dynamic duo has risen to the top over the past couple of years and has shown the league that it is a force to be reckoned with.  

If Tatum and Brown have the right supplementary players surrounding them, the Celtics might finally be able to make a push to the Finals. Find a guard that will feed them, post players that will set screens for them and shooters to take the pressure off of them and watch what two guys under the age of 25 can do for the franchise. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Celtics Need to Continue to Make Changes in Offseason
Celtics Need to Continue to Make Changes in Offseason
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