4 Key story lines entering the Boston Celtics’ 2018 offseason

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4 Key story lines entering the Boston Celtics’ 2018 offseason

Post by bobheckler on Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:15 pm

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4 Key story lines entering the Boston Celtics’ 2018 offseason








The NBA offseason is upon us. The Boston Celtics are candidates to have a relatively quiet summer for the first time in years, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to look forward to.

We’ve highlighted four of the more interesting story lines to keep an eye on as the offseason marches forward.




1- THE NBA DRAFT
The league will get its newest batch of rookies on June 21st. Boston currently has just one selection in the upcoming Draft – the 27th overall pick.


There are rumblings throughout the Internet that the Celtics may be interested in trading up, though their validity has been challenged. Danny Ainge has never been shy about taking big swings, however. The possibility of a trade can’t be entirely ruled out.

Even if Boston stands pat, the Draft represents an important opportunity. The Celtics are likely a few years away from having one of the most expensive rosters in basketball. Landing a meaningful contributor means securing a low-cost rotation piece for at least the next four years. That could be hugely beneficial financially.

Boston has been cagey about who specifically it is targeting at 27, though if recent years are any indication, it will be looking for tough, defensive-minded athletes who have shown the potential to become reliable shooters.


2- THE FUTURE OF MARCUS SMART

Marcus Smart enters the summer as a restricted free agent, which means the Celtics can match any offer he receives from interested suitors. Boston has expressed a desire to retain its sixth man and defensive star. How feasible it is to do so from a financial perspective is unclear.

Smart is on the record as believing he deserves more than $12-14 million annually. Anything north of that range is likely too pricey for the Celtics blood. It’s unclear whether or not that holds true among other teams. The free agent market projects to be a fairly tight one.

That’s unfortunate for Smart, but may prove to be a boon to Boston. It wouldn’t be particularly surprising to see the Celtics asking Smart to choose between a relatively modest long-term deal or playing on his qualifying offer, a pact worth just over $6 million that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

All that being said, it’s not impossible that Smart will draw substantial interest. It will only take one interested party to put Boston in a tough spot.


3- MONITORING THE INJURY REPORT
The Celtics 2017-18 campaign was submarined by injuries. Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Daniel Theis are all still recovering from the various maladies that sidelined them this year. All three are expected to be back to full strength by training camp, but none is particularly close to achieving full rehabilitation presently.

Boston will need to be healthy in order to contend at the highest level next season and this summer will play a critical role in ensuring it is.


4- REVELING IN RIDICULOUS RUMORS

The offseason is a time of constant theorizing, rumors and speculation that get aggregated as fact, and occasional signings and trades. The personnel decisions made this summer will range from irrelevant to landscape-altering, and for everyone one of them there will be five other possible outcomes that were discussed ad nauseam.

The key to enjoying the summer in the NBA is understanding that fact. Letting yourself get wrapped up in the idea that Lebron James could sign with the Celtics, for example, isn’t a bad thing, as long as you know that there hasn’t been any substantive reporting indicating that such a scenario is likely.

Boston has enough assets that it can acquire any player with which it has mutual interest. That means it’s going to be mentioned as a potential destination for a lot of big names as the offseason wears on.

The most likely path forward is one in which the Celtics make minimal changes. That doesn’t make dreaming about landing James in free agency or trading for Kawhi Leonard any less fun. Read everything you see with a heavy does of skepticism and enjoy the chaos while you can.



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Re: 4 Key story lines entering the Boston Celtics’ 2018 offseason

Post by wideclyde on Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:49 pm

I hope that this story/article is not what we are going to see all summer. I could have written this one which tells everyone that there is nothing interesting or new in it.

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