The NBA season is resuming in about a month from now, and we know that every NBA player will be kept in a “bubble” during their time in Orlando. Players who are best friends will be together constantly, and players who never get a chance to talk much will be able to pick each other’s brains and even see where their heads are at with the team that they’re on. That being said, there may be some tampering that will go on.
I think it’d be crazy to think players won’t be lobbying for their best friends or other star players to join their team or at least discuss teaming up together one day. These private conversations can be held, especially between players who are staying in the same hotel. Keeping so many teams in one place will lead to increased tampering, in my opinion.
With that being said, I thought it would be fun to come up with a few players that will be in Orlando that the Celtics can try to lure to Boston, whether it’s sometime soon or down the line. This is all hypothetical, so we’ll keep out the logistics of how they’d get each player just to save us the time of coming up with trade packages and how to clear up cap space.
One thing most Celtics fans can agree on is that their weakest position is the center position. Bam Adebayo on the Miami Heat would be the most ideal big man to have in Boston, and he would absolutely elevate the Celtics to the next level.
Adebayo, who was having a breakout season, averaged 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game this season. He became an All-Star for the first time and will be a top candidate for Most Improved Player. He wouldn’t be asked to come in and drop 20 a night, but he could do that any time he wants. He’d be the perfect all-around center for Boston and would make everybody around him better.
The only downside to Adebayo’s game is the fact that he can’t shoot three’s. This season, he shot 8% from three on 0.2 shots per game. He doesn’t shoot much, but if he came to Boston, Brad Stevens would give him the green light to start firing from three. He’ll turn him into a stretch-five just like he did to Aron Baynes. Besides that, he doesn’t have many weaknesses in his game.
Both Domantas Sabonis and teammate Myles Turner from the Indiana Pacers have been linked to the Boston Celtics before and for a good reason. Between the two, I believe Sabonis would be a perfect fit in the Boston system. Just like Adebayo, he’s an incredible all-around big man who doesn’t have many weaknesses in his game.
This past season, Sabonis averaged 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. Sabonis was named a first-time All-Star alongside Adebayo and has become a player the Pacers have relied on to get them a double-double on a near-nightly basis. He’s not as good of a defender as Adebayo is, though. He only averages 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.
He is a better three-point shooter, at least, although he only takes 1.1 3PA per game. He has a 25 3PT%, but he’s also somebody Brad Stevens can turn into a true stretch five. Regardless, his playmaking and rebounding abilities would be a considerable upgrade for Boston and would certainly elevate them into a real championship contender.
This would be the ultimate pickup for Boston. If Boston ever got their hands on Beal, they would be nearly unstoppable on offense. This season, Beal averaged 30.5 points, 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. He has virtually no weakness on offense and can not only get a bucket whenever he wants but can set his teammates up for success as well.
It was an absolute crime that he wasn’t named an All-Star this season, and it’s a terrible excuse to blame the Wizards’ record since they’re currently the ninth seed in the East. They’re not great by any means, but they’re not a bottom of the barrel team either. Although people credit him for being one of the best scorers in the league, I still believe he’s underrated by many. If he doesn’t make an All-NBA Team this year, I’m going to start to feel the NBA has something against Beal.
Jayson Tatum and Bradley Beal are best friends, too. They’re both from St. Louis. They both attended the same high school, although it was five years apart. Beal has been a mentor to Tatum from a young age, and they refer to each other as “brothers.” If Danny Ainge ever asked Tatum which players he’d want him to go after to bring to Boston, Beal would be near, if not at, the top of that list. Tatum would love to have his brother join him in Boston and make multiple championship runs for years to come.
Since we’re having fun with this, I’m going to just throw this out there since he’ll be a free agent after next season. Could you imagine if Giannis Antetokounmpo signed with the Boston Celtics? It’s nothing short of a pipe dream, but at the same time, weirder things have happened in this league. Anything can happen in the NBA, and if Giannis ever joined forces with Jayson, Jaylen, and Kemba, it’d be a wrap.
Bam Adebayo, Domantas Sabonis, and Bradley Beal are the three players I’d love to see the Celtics try to lure to Boston. Two big men that would absolutely thrive in Boston and take them to the next level, and a scoring guard who can do anything on the offensive end and just so happens to be best friends with Boston’s best player.
Tampering is obviously very much frowned upon in the NBA and isn’t allowed in the slightest, but it’s hard to believe there won’t be some sorts of tampering going on when all of these players are together in Orlando.
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