What exactly are the Celtics doing?
The Boston Celtics’ current roster consists of a lot of guards and little front court help which begs the question, “What exactly is the team up to”. In last week’s NBA draft the team spent three of their four picks on back court players, including reaching for a point guard with their first selection. Reports suggested that the team was trying to move into the top ten to try to acquire one of the better prospects, but, in the end, the team stayed where they were and drafted Terry Rozier. Although Rozier is a nice prospect, the Celtics already invested a high 2014 draft pick in point guard, Marcus Smart, who had a productive first year in Boston. Rozier and Smart are similar players in what they can do on the court, which would probably make fans wonder if Smart will be on the team for much longer.
The Celtics must be planning some kind of trade in the near future because the amount of guards on the roster is astounding. They could just keep their abundance of guards and focus on big men in free agency, but, given their surplus, trying to use some of that talent to upgrade at a position of weakness would be beneficial. Boston has never been a big free agent destination for star talent, so relying on that avenue could be very risky. The team will probably focus on second tier talent, such as Greg Monroe and Paul Millsap, to help add talent to the front court. Adding one of these two skilled power forwards would no doubt help the team, but would not make them a title contender. The best way for a team like the Celtics to get star players is to make a blockbuster trade. The team has been accumulating assets over the past few years and should have enough tradable players and draft picks to acquire that star player that they desperately need. I believe that the team will trade at least one of their guards in an attempt to pry a young center from a different team. One team to keep an eye on is Philadelphia. The 76ers have spent the last three years drafting talented big men with their first round picks and now might be the time for them to look to trade one for help at the point guard position. Marcus Smart is the Celtics’ biggest trade asset so maybe there is a deal to be made between the two division opponents.
General Manager, Danny Ainge, must have a plan because right now his roster makes little sense. Ainge has a history of making big trades so there is no doubt that he will be burning up the phone lines trying to make the Celtics as good as they can be for the upcoming season.
Colby Gatz covers the Celtics for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15.