1 Thing the Boston Celtics must add to build the next dynasty

The Celtics must add this to build a dynasty.
Boston Celtics, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum
Boston Celtics, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics dominated their way to a championship in 2024. They had the best regular season record in the NBA and lost just three times in the playoffs. Boston never played a Game 6 in their run to their 18th championship. Their dominance has fans already dreaming of banner 19 and building the league’s next dynasty, but it won’t be easy.

The Celtics are built to last. Adrian Wojnarowski reported the franchise is expected to extend Jayson Tatum and Derrick White this offseason. It will lock in every member of their starting five through 2026, and Al Hoford is under contract for next season. Boston will be favored to repeat, but can they build a dynasty?

They have reached the conference finals six times in eight years, and their two best players are just entering their prime. Boston is primed to be in the title mix, but they must focus on this area to become the next legendary group.

The Celtics must build depth to become a dynasty

Al Horford is 38 and Jrue Holiday just turned 34. Kristaps Porzingis has played more than 57 games in a season just once since 2017. Those players will miss time. The Celtics won without KP for most of the playoffs, but there will be plenty of competition moving forward. Boston needs to have depth to win multiple championships.

Sam Hauser was a key floor spacer for the Celtics. He enters the final year of his contract and is making just $2.0 million next season. Boston would love to extend him, but can they keep his salary down?

Payton Pritchard is locked in through 2028, but does he want more minutes? He wanted to be moved (subscription required) for a larger role in the 2023 offseason, and the undersized guard played just 12.4 minutes per game during the NBA Finals. Pritchard made two half-court buzzer-beaters but may opt for playing time elsewhere.

Xavier Tillman and Luke Kornet hit free agency this offseason. The Celtics will be over the second tax apron and are limited to what they can offer. Their roster will be expensive, and building depth will come in two crucial areas.

The Celtics need to keep their draft capital and find minimum free agents

Boston is better positioned than most contenders because they owe just one first-round pick draft to another franchise. Those rookie-scale contracts are more important in the new CBA. It allows the Celtics to add talent and keep their spending down. Brad Stevens must nail his selections to help his franchise build depth.

The Mavericks signed Derrick Jones Jr. to a minimum contract last offseason, and he blossomed into a crucial starter. Finding those talents on cheap salaries is not easy, but the Celtics must. They struck out with several last summer and won’t hit them all. Boston needs one each year to round out their rotation.

The Boston Celtics have the top-end talent to stay in contention over the next half-decade. Brad Stevens and the front office must keep adding depth and building their roster. They will be favorites heading into next season, but winning another championship won’t be easy. It starts with improving their roster this offseason, so stay tuned.