After losing in five games to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics now await for the NBA Draft to roll around. The season may not have ended the way most Celtics’ fans wish it had, but there is plenty to be happy about. We lost in the Eastern Conference Finals, but not many people expected us to be there in the first place. I would’ve loved to see the Celtics shock the world and upset LeBron and the Cavs and go on to the NBA Finals, but at the end of the day, LeBron and company proved too much. This season proved that we’re good, really good, actually, but we’re not quite there yet.
This offseason will be a crazy one for sure. Either Danny will tear the place down and form a super-team (’08-esque) or take the number one overall pick and continue building for the future. Signing Gordon Hayward will be a top priority for Boston this offseason. The question is will they pair him with Isaiah, Horford, and another star that they acquired in a trade for the first pick, or will they sign Hayward and hope that he and the number one pick are the missing pieces that can take us past the Cavs next season?
As of right now, it seems Danny will be sticking to taking Markelle Fultz in the draft, which I am more than happy with. Pairing Fultz with Jaylen Brown then Ante Zizic and Guerschon Yabusele next year makes my mouth water. That team would be built for championship success in around 5-7 years, not for next season. That lineup would be ready to strike at around the time LeBron might start to decline. I say might because LeBron might still be good till he’s 40. Really. I’m still not sure if he’s a robot or just some sort of super-human. But realistically LeBron needs to slow down at some point. By keeping the pick, we would be building our team to dominate the league once LeBron can’t dominate the Eastern Conference anymore.
But of course, plans may change. Who knows, Danny might be thrown an offer that he can’t turn down. Instead of having a lineup that’ll contend for titles years ahead from now, Danny might form a starting lineup of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford. Like I said, you never know. Anything IS possible. I just don’t see the Celtics making a trade because we all know how Danny is when it comes to trades. He only makes trades that will help us tremendously without losing much, or he’ll make a deal that is highway robbery and will make the rest of the league question the intelligence of the GM we traded with. Plus Danny is stingy with the Nets’ picks. If he wants to trade for a Paul George type player, I doubt he’ll throw in the number one pick. Maybe he’ll throw in next years Nets’ pick, but I doubt he’ll offer this years pick. A trade package I see Danny offering is the 2018 Brooklyn pick, one or two more first round picks, Jae Crowder, and maybe Terry Rozier. Even then, that may be too much for Danny to offer in his eyes. That’s why I say anything is possible. Teams get desperate on draft night, so maybe a wildcard team will come out of nowhere and trade us their star for our pick. You never know… Ever.
Going back to this past season, I couldn’t be prouder of how this team performed. They had their ups and had their downs, but proved a lot of people wrong at the end of the day. From clinching the number one spot in the East, to coming back 0-2 in the first round versus Chicago, to winning game seven in Boston versus the Wizards, to avoiding a sweep to Cleveland (like many people expected) in the Eastern Conference Finals. This team showed a lot of heart and never gave up when they easily could have. That’s what I love so much about the Celtics. Just when you think you can count them out, they’ll come right back and prove you wrong. After losing by nearly 50 points in game two and losing our best player, they fought back and took the next game in Cleveland instead of giving up on themselves. That may have been our only win of the series, but it was a crucial one because it showed how much heart every guy in that locker room has. And for that, I couldn’t be happier.
Once again, congrats to Isaiah on a legendary season. I wrote about this is my previous article, Thank You, Isaiah Thomas, but what Isaiah did for this team after all he’s been through is inspiring. Isaiah’s become a Boston legend this past postseason, and I can’t wait for him to build upon his legacy and bring some championships to Beantown in the years to come.
I also have to give my congratulations to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This series showed that LeBron James is an okay player and maybe one day he’ll be a great one. But seriously, I can’t wait for LeBron to start declining because I don’t know how much longer I can deal with him running the East like it’s a hobby of his. LeBron is unreal and is the best player in the world. He’s not quite on Jordan’s level… YET (HOT TAKE), but maybe one day he will be. I hope he and the Cavs absolutely kill the Warriors and force KD to leave and join another superteam cause this one didn’t work out.
Keep your heads up Boston fans, there is so much to be proud of and so much to look forward to. The Celtics were the number one team in the East with this team, and we’re only going to get better next season. This truly is a great time to be a Celtic, and I hope free agents see it the same way. There are a lot of questions that will be answered in the upcoming month, so sit back and enjoy the ride. This will be a fun offseason to sit through.