Brad Stevens chose luxury tax purgatory to keep Boston Celtics title team together

GM Brad Stevens has kept the core of the organization's 18th banner and it took a lot of money to do so.
Brad Stevens decided to commit a lot of cap space to the current Boston Celtics core
Brad Stevens decided to commit a lot of cap space to the current Boston Celtics core / Elsa/GettyImages

Brad Stevens has made more noise on top of selecting Baylor Scheierman with the 30th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft -- coming to contract agreements with the core of his championship squad, giving them the big bucks.

The Boston Celtics are rolling in dough, and those contracts contain seriously high numbers, but rightfully so. A dynasty is forming in the city, and it'll be well worth the investment in the future. It's not just the personal accolades or achievements either.

Perhaps, Banner 19.

If you have not done the math, all of those numbers equate to $940 million. It's absolutely insane. Stevens had so much to use and did not hold back when it came to these deals. But all of these guys deserve it, especially after the magical season they had.

However, there's a downside (it's up to your discretion to decide that): the C's tax bill stacks up to $47,51,404, according to Spotrac.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it's arguably worth the tax bill if it means retaining the same group of guys who added another piece of history to an already heavily storied franchise.

Who is the Boston Celtics' biggest threat in the Eastern Conference next season?

The New York Knicks are in a great position to be Boston's biggest threat next season in the Eastern Conference; having acquired Mikal Bridges via trade, adding to the 2016 Villanova national title bunch (Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Josh Hart) head coach Tom Thibodeau already has.

To make their situation even more valuable, OG Anunoby re-signed with an extensive deal, keeping him around for the foreseeable future.

New York is building, and their offseason so far has been off to a great start. For a team that placed second behind the NBA champions in the standings, they are making a stronger case as to why they could instead be in their position, too.

Although the Celtics are still gunning for more wins, moments, and banners to hang in the rafters in the TD Garden.

It will not be an easy task for not just the Knicks but the entire NBA. None of it would be possible without Stevens' great work.