This team will not only dominate the East but the National Basketball Association league as a whole.
It's unclear what the Celtics will do with this roster in the future.
Because of that, Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge voiced support of the two players shortly after the season ended. In fact, its been eight years. I've been here for four years.
There was a rumor that emerged this week about the Celtics looking to move up in the draft to select Texas center Mo Bamba, but Ainge didn't seem that enthralled about this year's class when asked. "This is Game 7". With the plethora of trade assets they have, the Celtics are now in a strong position to engage in a blockbuster trade. The Celtics will open with what could be considered an East Coast equivalent of the Warriors' Death Lineup. For as loaded as the Celtics will be next season, with Irving and Hayward returning from injury, keeping their core together long term will be financially impossible unless a number of players take significant discounts.
The question facing Ainge is this. In the end, however, the Celtics didn't have enough firepower to keep James from his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. He could decide to leverage his time and sign a cap-friendly deal with another postseason run under his belt in 2020 when he is set to become an unrestricted free agent, at which the Celtics' would be forced to make an important decision, if they haven't already. His hustle plays, combat muscles, grit, and energetic play on defense backed up his claim that he's a "pit bull". But that being said, I want to be in Boston. "But in the medical world, I guess I'm never surprised", he said.
The leading issue for Ainge in keeping Smart will be the leagues extremely punishing luxury tax rules. But that performance didn't stop him from telling ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that he was worth more than $14 million annually in restricted free agency this summer. But overall, Smart has been a key contributor on an excellent Boston squad.
The other priority is Aron Baynes.
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"It was a little bit of a surprise".
"I like this group of guys", he said Monday, a day after the Celtics lost Game 7 of the conference finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In addition to the difficulty of predicting when we should expect to see the 2017 NBA All-Star ready to compete at a high level, there's the uncertainty of foreseeing when Gordon will be mentally prepared to confidently push his body like he did prior to the injury.
I would be remiss to not address the elephant in the room. Even I have floated the idea of trading Kyrie Irving, as has much of sports media.
With Irving and Hayward expected back at training camp, Boston will likely be the favorites in the Eastern Conference next season, pending LeBron James' decision this summer.
During the playoffs, as Jayson Tatum lit up the scoreboard and Terry Rozier took over the fourth quarter of games, some folks started to dismiss injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
"He provides a lot of energy for our team and I hope we can work something out going forward".