Free agency begins soon and a lot of questions loom around the Celtics. The rumors about AD lasted two years, and will finally be answered within the week. The Celtics still have assets to last a few more years. A few names have appeared on the Celtics radar. The Celtics could be looking at making a few moves to hopefully make a deeper playoff run than this season.
Kyrie Sweepstakes Begin
It is official that Kyrie will decline his player option, meaning he will test free agency. This was coming from a mile away. No, hundreds of miles away. Even if Kyrie was to stay with the Celtics, he was going to decline in order to get a max contract. The opinion on Kyrie has become worse and worse in Boston amongst the fans very quickly during the playoffs. Neither the management nor Kyrie’s team has explicitly said that Kyrie wants out. A lot of speculation has surrounded Kyrie’s situation, and the Nets have been in the middle of that as well. Whether or not Kyrie will move his talents to Brooklyn is still up in the air, but it is more likely than not I think.
Kyrie is a good player. He will become an all-time player when his career is over because of the skill he holds. And that was something we were expecting. We gambled and hoped he would give the leadership and mentality every night. And he did. But only some of the time. We needed him in the big moments and he delivered, but we were in too many close situations that we did not need to be in. Three of the four Pacers games were too close, and although we won each one, Indiana was not supposed to be a team that was on our level. Kyrie brings a ball-dominant player to the court and that is not what this team needs as our young core has too much potential to not have the ball in their hands. That is why I don’t want him. I don’t know why the Nets would want him either with all their young potential (D-Lo, Dinwiddie, Levert, Allen, Harris, Hollis-Jefferson, etc). D-Lo is ball-dominant enough, so Kyrie just won’t work there.
“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul told Sports Illustrated. “If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual (obligations) and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”
The Celtics need to stay away from Anthony Davis. He may do a little more good than Kyrie has done for us, but only for a year. Some have compared the situation to Kawhi’s in Toronto, but Kawhi never said he specifically was going to leave after a year. Rich Paul, who is also LeBron’s agent, seems to be looking towards LeBron’s needs and not AD’s. Therefore, Paul will most likely push for a Lakers trade with the Pelicans, rather than the Knicks or Celtics. Even if Davis does get traded to a team other than the Knicks or Lakers, it is likely that Paul will influence Davis to go to the Lakers, unless the team can miraculously convince AD to stay with them. But, I doubt that will happen. Davis will end up with the Lakers, and if they can figure out their management issues, then the Lakers might finally be a contender in the West.
Danny Ainge mentioned in his press conference that he is not afraid of risks. How will this affect Boston’s offseason? Will he go after a big name? Doubtful.
Boston has expressed interest in Mike Conley and Clint Capela.
I really like Mike Conley. He is the epitome of a team player and a leader. The value he will bring to the team will be huge as a replacement for Kyrie. He is basically everything Kyrie wasn’t. He doesn’t bring the skill that Kyrie, but he is a playmaker and a scorer that we need for our young guys to develop. However, his contract gives him 34 million next season, which may require a few of our better players to go to Memphis. Memphis will go into rebuilding mode with obtaining the second pick and already trading away Gasol. This will be a perfect situation for Memphis to trade Conley to us, and Conley may like the bigger stage that Boston brings.
Capela will bring size. We need size. We are arguably the smallest team in the league and that has caused rebounding problems in the past. Capela had shown what he can do. The 25 year old lanky big man has the potential to be one of the best in the league as he continues to grow as a player. He doesn’t spread the floor as well as Horford does at the five, but he will allow Horford to go to the four, which can create matchup problems for opposing teams. If we do trade for Capela (Boston is reportedly in serious trade talks with the Rockets), then we would have a Capela, Baynes, Theis, and Williams who can play the five. Expect one of the middle two to go in the trade and Williams to hopefully get more playing time.
There has been a LOT of conversation over Bol Bol. Negative rumors has spread all over the place regarding his potential and character. He will go in the first round, but his injury has made many people speculate about his future. Many mock drafts have him falling around where the Celtics are, and Boston has experience drafting a center with character issues (Robert Williams). But now we all love the Timelord. Drafting Bol Bol could be mistake, but just look up his highlights if you haven’t seen him play. He is a lanky center who gets rebounds, shot blocks, and can make a shot from anywhere on the floor. He is a force to be reckoned with. This could create backup at the 4 and 5 position on the team, but I really like him. We’ll see what the Celtics decide on draft day. Brandon Clarke? Kevin Porter Jr (who a lot of people are sleeping on)? Tyler Herro?