October 12, 2020, 2:13 pm
How’d We Get Here?
The Celtics went for a reset last offseason, replacing an elite point guard with one who’s almost as good that doesn’t make everyone sad. The offense was tilted towards Boston’s young core, and they delivered. Boston got back on a contending trajectory with a team that finally looks as good on the court as it does on paper. An ECF defeat to the Heat meant the Celtics still came up short, but it was definitely a big improvement and there’s a feeling that the best is yet to come.
The Celtics didn’t get an offseason without big changes, however, with Gordon Hayward opting out and heading to the Hornets. The Celtics essentially got nothing in return for a max player, and while you could argue addition by subtraction to let the young guys get more usage, letting players walk for nothing is generally not great business. They upgraded at center with Tristan Thompson and behind Kemba Walker with Jeff Teague, so filling Hayward’s production is the big challenge.
Arrivals: Tristan Thompson, Jeff Teague
Rookie Arrivals: No. 14 Aaron Nesmith, No. 26 Payton Pritchard, No. 47 Yam Madar
Departures: Gordon Hayward, Brad Wanamaker, Enes Kanter, Vincent Poirier
Retained: Tacko Fall, Tremont Waters
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