The Boston Celtics have had an underwhelming season so far, being nowhere near the level of the Brooklyn Nets, Bucks, or the 76ers, and being just over .500.Is it time for Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens to start plotting their offseason moves? Because I certainly think it is, and here are my 3 moves the Celtics should make this off-season.
3 moves the Celtics should make: Move Kemba Walker
Despite missing the first portion of the season through injury, Kemba Walker has been woeful this season to say the least, especially for a player who is on a maximum contract.
The four-time All-Star has been averaging just 17 PPG on 34% 3PT scoring, however it’s the particular games which stand out in a negative way for Kemba this season, here are just some of his bad games:
Celtics vs Lakers: 1-12 FG, 0-5 3PT
Celtics vs Jazz: 2-12 FG, 1-4 3PT
Celtics vs Pelicans: 6-21 FG, 1-12 3PT
Celtics vs Nuggets: 6-15 FG, 0-7 3PT
If the Celtics are going to move Walker, it has to be this offseason, while he still has some value left, the Celtics could potentially use him to get draft picks or maybe even use him in a deal for another player that Boston could be after.
3 moves the Celtics should make:Get Bench Depth
If there is one thing that the Celtics have been missing this season, it has been depth coming off the bench, and it is all well and good having players like Grant Williams on the bench who may or may not make an impact. Still, you won’t win Championships without having some quality in-depth coming off the bench.
Here are some possibilities for the Celtic’s offseason to create and maintain bench depth for next season.
This may not be the most realistic, but with Lauri Markkanen being a free agent this offseason, the Celtics could really improve their roster with this addition. They will definitely give the Celtics more options in terms of scoring.
Re-sign Evan Fournier
Now this isn’t exactly a move for the Celtics, but retaining possession of Evan Fournier will be vital for their Championship battle next season, as he provides very good bench depth and the ability to knock down three-pointers.
Bring in a playmaker
The Celtics have shown that this season, they have lacked a floor general, someone who can pass the ball with ease, and that is really what can turn teams into contenders, take the Phoenix Suns, for example, last season they looked like one of the worst teams in the NBA, but as soon as they bring in an elite passer in Chris Paul, the Suns suddenly look like contenders in the West.
Now I’m not saying that the Celtics should trade Kemba just for the sake of bringing in a playmaker, however if they do decide to offload Walker in the offseason, then they should definitely target a playmaker who can pass the ball.
Here are a few playmakers I have considered for the the Celtics to target as part of the 3 moves the Celtics should make.
Lonzo Ball’s NBA career has been disappointing to say the least, after being drafted by the Lakers, he never really got going in the purple and gold jersey.
However, this season has been much different and much more promising for Lonzo, averaging 14/4/6 on 42% from the field and 38% from deep. Lonzo has also shown this season to do much more than just score points, being a primary source to feed off for Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.
Sharife Cooper – 2021 NBA draft
I wouldn’t usually pick out a specific player from the draft for an article like this, however by watching the first ten minutes of Cooper’s tape, I could tell he would be a perfect fit for the Celtics, and that is down to one thing, his ability to throw lobs for his teammates. The Celtics have used the lob very effectively this season, with Rob Williams being the focal point of most lob plays that they run, and I am sure that they could use it even more to their advantage if they drafted Cooper.
Cooper has also shown that he can get to the basket and get points inside the pain, despite being just 6 feet tall. He averaged 20 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds per game for the Auburn Tigers last season.
The Celtics have the freedom to do whatever they want this coming offseason, and I’m sure they will make a move or two, but whatever happens, this will definitely be a pivotal Celtic’s offseason. The 3 moves the Celtics should make will help this team into the future no matter how this season plays out.
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