The Celtics finally got their superstar. The signing of Gordon Hayward finally solidifies the Celtics as a future contender. They'll still need to add some pieces or have some of these draft picks turn into superstar players if they wanna take down the Cavs and Warriors, but still it's a step in that direction. The credit of this signing goes to Brad Stevens, due to his history with Gordon Hayward, it's almost unfair. They have history that's deeper rooted than Hayward's ties with Utah, so I'm sure the "it's home" factor didn't play as much in this particular scenario. Stevens and Hayward go back to their days at Butler where they fell short of a National Championship on a Hayward half court heave that just rimmed out. Now, they'll have a chance at redemption on the greatest stage in basketball. Will they be able to accomplish this feat? Well, a lot of factors come into play when determining if Hayward and Stevens will ever reach the mountain top together.
Celtics still have no shot this season. Let's get that out of the way right now. This is a lost season for essentially everyone in the NBA, unless major injuries occur to Durant, Lebron, Curry, or Kyrie. If all those guys stay healthy then nothing other than the expected will happen. Warriors vs Cavs part 4 and the Warriors win without much struggle. The Boston Celtics don't really have a shot at the Finals until Lebron is out of the East. That could happen at the end of this season, if not, they'll just have to wait until he's old or they'll have to recruit more superstar talent. Still, even if they can get past the Cavs by some minor miracle they'll still have to take down the Warriors, and they aren't getting old anytime soon.
Celtics in other words need to add another big time star or they have no shot at winning a title. A guy they could use is DeMarcus Cousins, who will be looking for a home next offseason. What a coincidence, it's almost like it was meant to be. Bring in Boogie who has the ability to dominate the inside all the while adjusting to the new style of the NBA by having a great perimeter game. He'd be the boost they need to truly compete. The Cavs and Warriors kryptonite is they have no inside presence anywhere near the caliber of elite. Celtics would have that with Boogie and that'll give them at least one advantage to build off. To make that happen they need to dump Hortford somehow, someway, let's be honest he won't really be missed either. What a bad signing that turned out to be.
The next order of business is dumping Isaiah Thomas and it's not going to be easy. His teammates love him, the city loves him, and the front office probably loves him, but the Celtics can't afford to pay Isaiah Thomas big money even if he might be worth it. The guy is a defensive liability and when you're trying to take down the greatest team ever assembled you can't have weaknesses like that. The Celtics need to move on from Thomas and either sign a good two way point guard or draft a guy that can come in and do the job on both ends of the floor. I'd love for them to keep Thomas around to just be a scorer, but if he's their starting point guard with a max contract I can't see the scenario that the Boston Celtics win a NBA title.
Lastly, Danny Ainge needs to turn these assets into something great. Sign Boogie, sign Hayward that'll be great, but it won't be enough. Tatum seems like he'll be a good player in this league, although they just signed a guy at the same position to be the face of the franchise and they drafted a guy last year at that same position. Okay, doesn't really seem to fit, however they could always be used as trade bait. They might not fit in Boston, so just trade they and turn them into something you do need, if that turns out to be the case. Nets should be awful again next season, so expect the Celtics to get another top 5 pick. That pick could either be used to draft a future point guard, or maybe a stretch 4 type player, if anything the pick can be traded for an already established player. This is a promising future for the Celtics because there's so many options for what they could do. It's almost impossible to imagine they won't be able to win at least one championship with the amount of assets and talent they have right now. With that being said I don't believe the Hayward-Stevens Era will deliver a championship to Boston.
The 30 for 30 would be great, but fuck that, and fuck Boston. Somehow, someway, the Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge, and whoever else is involved will manage to fuck this up. The Celtics will have a ton of success, they might even claw their way to an NBA Finals, but they'll never win one in the Stevens-Hayward Era. The reason is because the West is too strong. They have the Golden State Warriors, who are in the midst of dynasty, dominating the entire league, so there will be no beating them until Klay Thompson leaves or Durant gets tired of being a coward. Well, why not after you might ask. Well, that's because the next great NBA dynasty will finally come to fruition by then and the Celtics will fall victim to their dynasty reign. Kinda like what's happened to Lebron throughout his career. Oh, who is that future dynasty, well that's what I call a tease, and I'll be dropping that blog soon to discuss who that future dynasty is....