This is not what the Celtics had planned this off-season.
Not at first. Not even the second or third.
But with Kemba Walker seemingly ready to join in, they could still be quite lucky, considering how bad things might have been.
Considering how the Celts awakened from their masterstroke This season, with cold sweats, it was still the first choice to drive it back with a great addition – a 6ft 10 addition to Anthony Davis. But before they could try to bring The Brow to The Bean, Kyrie Irving's imminent departure was resented. That shortened the Celts' willingness to offer New Orleans to Davis-even the loud statement from his camp that he would never sign again here-was one factor-and eventually enabled the Lakers to complete the Star's protracted raid.
] OK, so plan A to keep Kyrie running. Plan B, to get Davis anyway: gone.
The third idea was to enforce Al Horford's desire to deny the last year of his contract, but to stay if the Celtics would give him a three-year deal. The sides seemed to be moving in that direction until Horford was stealthily informed that he could better shake a team with a better chance of winning a championship.
So Plan C: gone.
Died with the opportunity Due to the departure of Irving and Horford and a few extra steps, such as trading with Aron Baynes, the Celtics then had to hurry to participate in the free-agent game. They said that they had prepared for any contingencies outside the season, but it is probably justified to assume that they have studied this least.
Would someone seem to be available to intervene and even bring back a touch of sweet Cologne to the competition you wore last summer around this time? That certainly did not look like it.
And for some people this may still not be the case. But the Celts must be happy that Walker became a possibility.
The All-Star-Point Guard wanted to stay in Charlotte, but when the Hornets, who could give him a longer deal for more money, did not come in. Come in with a big enough offer and invite Walker's eye to hike , And the Celtics seem to fit well.
Provided the Cs can complete this pass, they may be quite shy on Sunday evening paper on the top Eastern Conference teams. On the other hand, what did "good on paper" bring to the Celtics last season?
Further steps will be necessary. There's a very good core in Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown, and the people in the team are wary of what Gordon Hayward might be when he moves away from his terrible injury and plays a crew that I hope will be interested in divide the ball more. Nevertheless, there is a great need for an experienced person. BOSTON, MAY 6: Gordon Hayward # 20 of Boston Celtics controls the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter of Game 4 of a second round of the NBA basketball playoff series at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on 6 May 2019. (Staff photo of Christopher Evans / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald)
As for the point guard, the Greens are keeping their fingers crossed that the move to Walker could actually prove positive. It's hard for you to find someone Kyrie Irving would not say is a better talent than Kemba Walker, but it's about turning talent into victories. And in this regard, it's hard to argue that Walker will not be able to beat the situation that ended up being unfortunate for both sides.
A Celtics-based manager even went so far as to say this. He knows the club has been willing to trade Irving for Walker over the last two years. If he is right, it suggests that the Celts knew that there were problems with Irving's leadership approach and general ability to cool the fires of young players whose image might have surpassed their actual capabilities after the 2018 conference.
With Walker Horford would be ideal, but the salary cap would not allow this, even if this would be willing to stay. Now the responsibility lies with Tatum and Brown – and Danny Ainge. The first two must show that they are able to be unwavering producers. You can not occasionally lurk in the shadow of seasoned teammates. What they do will probably be the most telling barometer of whether the Celtics succeed on a particular night.
And if they can actually play with Walker, they should have room to play.
Speaking of space, when the Celts cause Kemba to claim all of their salary caps. This leaves Ainge only limited resources to get a big man. If he is unable to find someone worthy of the $ 4.7 million exemption, or makes a magical trade, the club will have a mid-to-middle approach that is anything but comforting. It would be nice if Robert Williams would take a big step to adapt his obvious abilities to the consistency required at this level.
Otherwise, some people will only realize what Horford meant when he left.
But all that's being said, the Celts will still be in an interesting position when the dust settles – a position a bit better than you might expect.
A Western Conference source said, "Tell me how many teams could have two contract agents running without return and still have a damn good team. "
A good point, but of course" damn good "is not the easiest way to digest after you I was fed as a" master candidate "for a year.
It is therefore probably best to wait until all off-season moves have been made before planning to assess all Celtic plans.