As the offseason has yet to truly begin, let’s take a look at the roster and set realistic expectations for the Celtics next season.

A LOT has happened since the last offseason for the Boston Celtics. It’s really a shame that injuries plagued the Celtics in the playoffs yet again. I know a lot of you out there want to make a splash this off-season and land Myles Turner and Victor Olapido in a Hayward deal, or somehow muster up a trade for Karl Anthony-Towns but please calm down. The roster most likely won’t change much. The only thing the Celtics can really do in Free Agency (still no set date) is to use their Mid Level Exception to sign a guy like Twitter-poll finalists, Aron Baynes or Serge Ibaka. They could also free up space with a trade or cutting non-guaranteed deals

Now that this team has playoff experience together, roles that were questioned throughout the last few seasons are finally cemented. Jayson Tatum is the number one option, Jaylen Brown – number two. Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward will fit in as complimentary stars, and oh yea, Marcus Smart giving us everything he has on both ends of the floor.

After another roller coaster year with Gordon Hayward, and after we know whether he opted into the final year of his $34.1 million dollar contract or not, here we go again…

Key Moves:

Enes Kanter opts out of his $5 million dollar contract and tests his worth in free agency and Gordon Hayward opts-in, and we run it back. OR Hayward restructures his deal and signs an extension with the team. This new deal could look something like a three-four year, $70+ million-dollar team-friendly extension to keep the playmaking-wing for the next few title runs. Next, the Celtics can create roster space for a potential buyout during the next season by cutting players on non-guaranteed contracts like Vincent Poirier, Brad Wanamaker, and Semi Ojeleye. Boston can also draft guys like Tyrell Terry, Tyrese Maxey, or Cole Anthony.

Ideally, these are the expectations for the Celtics next season.

Added/Kept: Departures:
Gordon Hayward (Pray for a Restructure) Enes Kanter (Opt-Out)

Tremont Waters (Restricted FA)

Brad Wanamaker (UFA)
Tyrell Terry (Draft) Semi Ojeleye (Team Option)
Aleksej Pokusevski (Draft & Stash) Vincent Poirier (Trade)
1st Round Pick (Trade)

Projected Depth Chart:

PG: Kemba Walker, Tyrell Terry, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters

SG: Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Romeo Langford

SF: Gordon Hayward

PF: Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams

C: Daniel Theis, Robert Williams III, Mid-Level Exception or Buyout 

Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, and Jayson Tatum are returning and with all eyes on them, this should be an exciting year for all of these guys. Hayward will be entering the final year of his deal and three years removed from his gruesome ankle injury and has had plenty of time to recover and return to his former self. Our days of having Daniel “The Bargain” Theis is almost over and we’re nearing the contract extensions of both Tatum and Smart.

Competition

Milwaukee clearly isn’t going anywhere either with MVP, Giannis Antetokuonmpo, and Kris Middleton leading the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. Miami will run it back with a few changes and Philadelphia will try and work through their kinks. Of course, Kyrie and KD in Brooklyn will be in contention along with the Toronto Raptors, who are never out of the picture.

Youth

Grant and Robert Williams lead the Celtics’ youth talent and should see increased minutes for both studs. After missing his first 25 three-point attempts, Grant can’t seem to miss now as he shot 59% in the 2020 NBA bubble playoffs. Robert Williams just needs to be more consistent on defense, his issues have been freak injuries and inconsistency with lapses on defense. If we draft a guard like Tyrell Terry, out of Stanford, he’ll only add to the young core Boston has established. If you haven’t realized it yet, Jaylen Brown turns 24 in a few days, Tatum is 22, Smart is entering his prime at 26, and Hayward and Walker are no old dogs at 30 years old. If kept together, this Celtics team could be really freakin’ good.

Expectations

Expect the Celtics to play better as a team next postseason, it was their first try with Kemba, and still made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. I think Boston is in pretty good shape among the Eastern Conference’s best, KD and Kyrie will be a problem and we have yet to face Milwaukee in a meaningful game since Kyrie was a member of the team.

Anticipate a deep championship run, this team will be far more fun to watch, and Injuries aside and all goes well, the expectations for the Celtics next season is,

Celtics projected record: 56W-26L.

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Adam Kemp

TheCelticsJournal - Senior Writer

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