The Boston Celtics were allegedly ‘pissed’ at the Bulls for releasing former All-Star point guard Goran Dragic, who is two seasons removed from averages of 13/4/3 on a 43/37/84 shooting split, and allowing him to sign with the Bucks.
“(The Celtics) are one of the teams pissed that the Bulls let Goran Dragic go because now, with Jae Crowder, the Bucks just have all this depth at every spot,” an unnamed Eastern Conference executive told Heavy’s Sean Deveney.
As the executive told Deveney, Boston is now worried about Milwaukee’s depth — something that wasn’t an issue before the Bucks added Dragic and Jae Crowder. “If you go back to the Christmas game, the Celtics have always felt good about what they can do against Milwaukee,” he said. “But now, Milwaukee has this extra layer of flexibility they can throw at the Celtics, a guy who can surprise you and play 20 or 25 minutes and help you win a game.”
The Boston Celtics won’t add difference-maker before postseason
The Bucks got better at the trade and buyout deadlines in a more meaningful way than the Boston Celtics did. Part of that has to do with the way the C’s roster is structured, with Brad Stevens having locked in his top seven guys — that being Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams III, Derrick White, and Malcolm Brogdon — through at least next season. Grant Williams may or may not be apart of that group beyond the upcoming postseason, but he’ll be needed for that stretch as well.
No one the Celtics would add can play a meaningful role. MassLive’s Brian Robb even said that a potential wing addition wouldn’t even sniff the floor in the playoffs. While Boston’s front office can be pissed at the Bulls for adding veteran talent ahead of a potential deep playoff run, the only appropriate scapegoat(s) in the event of an early postseason exit can be found in the mirror.