Offseason move and overall grade
The Celtics made moves big and small, and they’ll field a very different team next season. How does this summer look all together?
Traded Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis
Traded down, drafted Jordan Walsh
Extended Jaylen Brown
Signed Oshae Brissett
Signed Dalano Banton
Traded Grant Williams
The Boston Celtics decided that they needed to bring something new to the court next season, and few teams around the league made a swing as big as the Celtics did by trading Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis; no other contenders have. He will battle Jaylen Brown for touches, so hopefully, Brown finds solace in his lucrative new supermax deal and makes room for Porzingis.
Boston still looks vulnerable in the halfcourt. If teams trap Jayson Tatum, who is dribbling into the paint and making a play happen? Derrick White lacks offensive explosion and Jaylen Brown is too wooden with his dribbling. Will Boston really turn to Porzingis post-ups in a tight playoff game?
In the frontcourt, there are question marks as well. By letting Grant Williams go they are relying on a three-big rotation with two injury-prone bigs and a 37-year-old. They could get into trouble quickly.
The swing they took was respectable, and if they get a healthy version of last year’s Kristaps Porzingis they should be a better offensive team. Does that offset the defensive difference? Probably, but there are a lot of ways this goes wrong as well. If they continue making moves focused on saving money instead of winning titles, this will get uglier still. It was a fine offseason, but there are question marks.