The Boston Celtics are pursuing multiple players aggressively this summer to add to their roster. They plan on making it a big off-season. If everything works out, it will be a new look for the Celtics next season.
They are not just interested in adding any ordinary player to their team. Boston is eyeing All-Star talent. They have their eyes set on Gordon Hayward and Paul George, according to Yahoo! Sports. Since the two players became available, they grabbed the interest of the league quickly. The Boston Celtics are at the top of the list for being the most interested.
The competition could get fierce for Hayward. Boston is not the only team that he will be meeting up with. His former team, the Utah Jazz are trying to keep him. Utah’s interest might only make sense.
Hayward is not coming off a slow season or anything. He is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. For Hayward, the Celtics would have to come up with the correct numbers. For George, it will be different for Boston. If they want George to play for them next season, Boston would have to put together the assets for a trade. George will likely not be traded for a sack of basketballs.
It has already been a fairly productive off-season already for Boston. They made some smart moves. The Celtics may have given away their first overall pick, but they did not give it away for free. The receiving team of the top pick, the Philadelphia 76ers gave the Celtics a few things in return.
Boston made out well in the deal, they received a third round pick, and a future first round pick. Long-term, that could be beneficial for the Celtics. If they do not use their future first round pick, it would have substantial trade value.
If the Celtics want a chance at beating the Cavaliers next season, they came to the realization that they will need some reinforcements. One of those reinforcements could potentially be Hayward or George. It might be the missing piece to the Celtics puzzle, and help bring them to their first championship in ten years.
Last season the Celtics came close to reaching the finals, they made it to the conference finals. After their star shooter Isaiah Thomas fell to season-ending hip injury in Game 2, the series did not end well for Boston. They suffered a loss in Game 5 to Cleveland, which brought their season to an end. Their title hopes for their 16-17 campaign ended, but they are not done going forward.
Can the Boston Celtics add at least one more All-Star to the roster this off-season? What is next for the Celtics? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod