After finishing a disappointing 7th in the eastern conference and losing in five games to the mighty Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs, the Boston Celtics have a lot of work to do this offseason.
After Danny Ainge stepped down and Stevens replaced Ainge, fresh faces on the roster seems inevitable along with the changes within the team’s staff members in what has now become a challenging and unusual situation for the organization.
Other than Jayson Tatum and probably Jaylen Brown, the Celtics seem to be willing to move everyone to improve the roster, and hopefully build a better team surrounding their two young stars.
Even though it feels like the time where the C’s had the assets to make almost any trade has passed, they still have some pieces at their disposal that they can use to improve their roster.
After watching almost every game so far in the playoffs, to me it seems that there are two ways the C’s can go about improving the roster this offseason based what has worked for certain teams.
The first way is to acquire a third star, like what the Brooklyn Nets did.
They saw the opportunity to acquire James Harden and immediately pounced on it at the expense of some of their depth, which instantly made them in many people’s opinion, the most talented team in the NBA in terms of star power.
They could also take the route that many of the other playoff teams have taken this season, which is to build a deep team that fits well with two star players.
The Phoenix Suns are a great example of this, as they have a plethora of great role players who fit seamlessly with their two star players in Devin Booker and Chris Paul, such as Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, and Deandre Ayton.
Choosing to pursue one of those two plans and making good use of the remaining assets they have will be crucial for a successful offseason for the C’s, and therefore, I’d like to analyze what players I feel the C’s should consider pursuing this offseason that could fit into those paths.
I will be taking a look at each position across multiple articles, and highlight a star, a role player, and a depth piece that should all help the C’s improve next season.
Starting with the point guard position, the most chaotic and controversial position for the C’s the last few seasons, here are three very different types of players they should pursue this offseason.