It almost feels like clockwork in the NBA these days. A player gets drafted, breaks out in his first few seasons, the team underperforms, then we hear chatters that the player is unhappy. Or, if you live in Boston, the team underperforms and the media tries to drive the player out of town. Either way, we have entered an age of NBA player empowerment like we have never seen before. The latest player who is reportedly unhappy: Luka Doncic. While the reports got some Celtics fans excited for a potential Luka Doncic-Celtics trade, reality tells us that there is no chance of this happening.
The Celtics season ended unceremoniously with a first-round exit. After reshuffling the front office, how can Boston fix the team this offseason? This wasn’t the Celtics master plan. After reaching the conference finals in three of the last four seasons, there was promise for Boston. Around the league, it was assumed that they would be …
With Brad Stevens filling Danny Ainge’s role as the Celtics new President of Basketball Operations, the search for new head coach is on. Media and fans alike have spent the last 12 hours hurling the names of candidate after candidate out there, some with merit and others without, but the two favorites who have emerged should be somewhat familiar to Celtics fans. Sam Cassell and Chauncey Billups.
The Celtics season is (basically) over and it’s time to look ahead to the offseason. There could be a lot of moving pieces as the team looks to recover from a disappointing season. Boston ranked 28th in the league in bench scoring and needs better depth pieces around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Another big money offseason move like Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, or Kemba Walker isn’t likely. The Celtics have the necessary star power to compete with the best teams in the league, but their role players just aren’t good enough. Last year, the signings of Tristan Thompson and Jeff Teague were supposed to solve some of those problems. They did not. Danny Ainge will have to take another crack at it this summer. Here are a few names the Celtics can target in free agency: