Despite losing Gordon Hayward at the start of free agency, the Boston Celtics are still in a good position to make another championship run next season. According to PointsBet, Boston has the fifth-best odds to win the NBA championship next season. Only the Lakers, Bucks, Clippers, and Nets are ahead.
Los Angeles Lakers (+250)
Milwaukee Bucks (+500)
Los Angeles Clippers (+575)
Brooklyn Nets (+600)
Boston Celtics (+1400)
Boston’s odds actually improved from +1500 to +1400 after Hayward signed with Charlotte. The Warriors were originally ahead of Boston but have since slipped to having only the 10th best odds after Klay Thompson’s injury. Boston is currently ahead of Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Denver.
The Celtics may have lost their starting forward, but since then, Danny Ainge has made some solid additions to the roster. Jeff Teague adds a veteran presence to the team and will give Kemba Walker some relief coming off the bench. Tristan Thompson is a walking double-double who will be a paint presence and hold his own against opposing bigs.
The Celtics roster will look a little different compared to the end of last season, but it could be for the better. The Celtics need to sign or acquire one more wing off the bench. Thompson and Teague are good starts, but Boston needs to make at least one more acquisition to fill out the roster.
Despite free agency starting pretty poorly, Danny Ainge and the Celtics have done an excellent job making up for it. Losing Hayward sucks, but the Celtics no longer have to worry about whether he can stay healthy or not.
This is a fresh start for Boston, and I’m looking forward to what the final roster will look like in about a month.
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