Following a step back in the 2023 postseason from the year prior, when the franchise reached the NBA Finals and held a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics are on shakier ground than they were before the start of the most recently concluded campaign (2022-23).
At least that team had experience playing with each other. Malcolm Brogdon was added to the bench, sure, but the top three options on the team, at the time Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart, knew how to play off each other after five years together. There’s no way to tell how Tatum and Brown will share the ball with Kristaps Porzingis; himself, another isolation threat from the triple-threat stance. To make matters worse, Porzingis’ plantar fasciitis injury makes it unclear when he’ll debut with the Cs and how much he’ll play at the start of the season.
If Brad Stevens isn’t sold on this roster, and other front offices are also not getting a return on their investments, perhaps more big moves could be on the way for Boston. Stevens has been active every trade deadline and offseason he’s been in charge; five transactional hot periods in total.
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This one is fairly cut and dry: Andre Drummond is on an expiring $3.3 million contract and would be the perfect fill-in for Robert Williams III if he is struck by the injury bug as what typically tends to happen.
He would be a low-usage complement to the high-usage trio of Tatum, Brown, and Porzingis; though the latter playing his best ball at the center position would make Drummond a bench big in Boston if this hypothetical ever happened.
While he may have been an eye-roll-inducing pursuit in 2020 and 2021 when his name was linked to the Celtics, Drummond would be a fine emergency option now.