As chaotic as June 2nd, 2021 felt, it was a seamless transition of power for a team that was eliminated from the playoffs less than 24 hours ago. But is there a better successor to Danny Ainge than Brad Stevens? It seemed so random but in actuality, this had been in the works for months, and possibly years. Even though the new GM is familiar with the roster, Stevens has the power to turn these Boston Celtics around. Pssssh, and you guys thought he was going to Indiana.
2021-22 Boston Celtics: Top 5 priorities
Brad Stevens has inherited a mess, but at least this mess still has Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Stevens’ first order of business is to… well, find his own replacement. Finding a new head coach will be the top priority for the Celtics moving forward and we talk about potential head coach candidates on The Celtics Journal Podcast.
Prediction: Sam Cassell
His second order of business will be resigning Evan Fournier. It’s being reported that Fournier will be seeking contracts from $15-20 million. After the way he’s played in Boston, it doesn’t seem like he deserves that type of paper, but other teams will be lining up for his type of shooting. Stevens needs to put on his negotiation hat and sign Evan Fournier to a three-year, $50 million contract. If he has other deals lined up, don’t let him walk for nothing, get a sign-and-trade done and grab another TPE for the trade deadline.
Prediction: Evan Fournier resigns with the Celtics 3 year, $58 million.
Three. Stevens will then have to address the Kemba Walker dilemma. Multiple reports state that the Celtics will explore trade options for Kemba Walker.
Prediction: Celtics keep Kemba Walker
Priority number four. The Celtics most glaring issue from the 2021 NBA season was the bench production. If Brad Stevens wants to make a solid first impression, he’ll have to make several moves to bolster the second unit. Starting with Semi Ojeleye, and Brad should find Carsen Edwards a new home as well.
Prediction: Semi is definitely gone, but so will one of Romeo Langford or Aaron Nesmith
The fifth, but not final priority for the Celtics should be hitting on their first round pick, if they choose to keep it. The draft is over a month away but the Celtics could use help at every position. I think Stevens should look at shooting with size, Corey Kispert (Gonzaga) or Moses Moody (Arkansas) to name a few.
Prediction: Celtics trade their first round pick
We are sad to see the Danny Ainge Era end in Boston, but we couldn’t be happier with his successor. Thank you Danny, for bringing this city a championship, cashing in on Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and being the best General Manager a fan could ask for. You have now entered the Brad Stevens Era 2.0.
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