With vast improvement from Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart, and veteran fulcrum Al Horford back in the fold, could the Boston Celtics return to 2017-18 levels of success?
Kyrie Irving is out of the picture completely, as is his max contract floor general replacement Kemba Walker, joining him in New York City as a former Celtic. roles previously occupied by the likes of Semi Ojeleye and Marcus Morris are now filled by Aaron Nesmith and Josh Richardson.
Robert Williams has taken a step forward, replacing defensive responsibilities Aron Baynes was once tabbed for. Side-note, Hardwood Houdini wishes Baynes a speedy recovery after a scary 2020 Olympics Bronze Medal game ailment forced him to the local hospital.
Many of the pieces are in place for the Cs to replicate that success, complete with the role of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers being reprised by Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
If the head coach of that 2017-18 Boston Celtics team, the new President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens, could find the remaining pieces, he could have himself another Eastern Conference powerhouse brewing.
Here are 3 moves to go all-in during the 2021-22 season:
Boston Celtics use the Tristan Thompson TPE to S&T for Dennis Schroder
If Dennis Schroder could be signed to a multi-year deal with team options and/or non-guaranteed second and third years, Stevens may just be able to find his next “Scary Terry”.
Schroder is currently linked to the Cs, and sign-and-trade scenarios have been thrown out there. Instead of using the MLE to get Schroder, Stevens should explore adding the German point guard on a deal he can easily flip later on or cut for little cost to the Cs if he wants to open cap space back up.