There’s a world outside of Boston Celtics basketball, and the new generation of the NBA is starting to take hold of the thrown.
Outside of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, and Trae Young have begun to surmount their veteran peers as they continue to improve and dip their toes into the playoffs.
With these breakouts, however, come antsy young stars.
Then, fourth even fifth-year players see other players from their draft class or other young studs they worked out with have success in the playoffs, and they want a piece of the glory.
We’ve seen this story before, and we’ll see it again and again.
The only question is — who will we see it from first, and where will they be heading?
The Boston Celtics must keep their books open and assets readily available for one of these players in case they ask out and put Beantown on their list.
This article will go over 5 potential disgruntled young stars and how and when the Cs might free them:
Boston Celtics young star target No. 1) Zion Williamson
The rumors have since died down, but multiple reports surfaced just a few weeks ago detailing Williamson’s frustration with the Pelicans franchise.
Considering he is coming off an all-time great scoring and finishing season, Williamson’s arrogance is at an understandable level. Although he’s just 20-years-old, he has every right to be angry with how NOLA has handled his short stint with them.
They have made three coaching changes and are yet to construct a talented roster to compliment himself and his co-star, Brandon Ingram.
Additionally, according to BBall Index’s spacing metric, Zion Williamson’s lineups this past season ranked in the 40th percentile.
There are two takeaways from that: one is that it’s a testament to Williamson’s generational scoring, and the other being a testament to just how bad the Pelican’s roster was.
NOLA will likely lose Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart in free agency to add insult to injury, which would mean two more floor spacers and defenders, gone.
At this rate, I don’t think anyone would be surprised if Williamson and his family decide they need a change in scenery, and when that day comes, Boston needs to be ready.
They need to stay on top of their draft capital and be aware of who they draft because that may be the difference between getting Williamson and missing on him. Stevens needs to remain on top of the C’s books, making sure they have the money to sign or extend Williamson in the case that he puts them on his list.