SportCeltics suffer consequences of Kyrie Irving’s broken pledge
Smart admits Celtics were 'dysfunctional,' defends Kyrie's leadership
Marcus Smart wants to set the story straight on the Boston Celtics' 2018-19 campaign. In an appearance Monday on ESPN's "The Jump", Smart admitted the team was dysfunctional but stated that every Celtics player had a role in the club's disappointing second-round postseason exit. "Let's call a spade a spade, right? It's true. We were dysfunctional," Smart said. "It takes a lot for guys, and especially athletes, to own up to that and say, 'Yeah, things didn't go quite as how we wanted.
NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman is grading every team’s offseason based on where the team stands now relative to its position entering the offseason. A ‘C’ means a team is in similar standing, with notches up or down from there.
The Celtics 2019 offseason ended.
Then, it began a.
After a backward year in Boston, the dust has settled.and are gone. and are there.
The Celtics will be fine.and return and should keep growing. The major holes are filled.
But the busy summer leaves Boston with a much lower ceiling.
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The third-year forward is confident the former Hornets guard will be a great fit in Boston.
It was never supposed to be like this.
Before last season, Kyrie Irvingto re-sign. This wasn’t just an impulsive moment at a pep rally. Irving made a whole commercial about the Celtics retiring his number.
Boston looked like an emerging power – the Warriors’ most-likely successor, maybe as soon as last season. The Celtics were talented, young and deep. Irving’s commitment seemed to answer one of the few questions facing the team.
Instead, Boston unraveled. Irving and other Celtics repeatedly found problems with each other. Everyone seemed miserable. A disappointing second-round loss was almost a relief. At least it was over.
In what was once supposed to be a simple offseason for Boston, Irving bolted for the Nets. Horford followed through the exit, to the 76ers. The Celtics replaced those two with Walker and Kanter via free agency.
Celtics co-owner: 'I almost crashed my car' after learning of Kemba's interest
Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca could barely contain his excitement after learning Kemba Walker could be coming to Boston this offseason. Pagliuca said Friday he was driving and talking on the phone with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge when he got the news. "I almost crashed my car when I heard that," he said, according to Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com. Walker inked a four-year, $141-million deal with the Celtics as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Charlotte Hornets, the franchise with which he spent the first eight seasons of his career. "Kemba is really excited," Pagliuca said. "I always like to watch him play unless it was against us.
Irving is better and younger than Walker. Particularly, Irving has proven his deep-playoff bona fides. Though Walker didn’t get those opportunities with the mediocre Hornets, the smaller guard probably can’t step up against tighter defenses the same way.
Kanter is good at what he does inside. But good teams can expose him defensively.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Boston matched its 49 wins from last season. The Celtics’ chemistry should improve significantly, and they’ll play hard in the regular season. But there’s a long way to getting back on the championship-contention path.
Boston will even face challenges with smaller short-term goals. The Celtics lost a couple solid role players in(signed with Knicks) and (traded to Suns). Boston also sent to the Hornets in a double sign-and-trade for Walker. Though Rozier didn’t help the Celtics much last season, they still essentially got nil for a player with .*
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*Boston had enough cap space to sign Walker outright. Charlotte needed a sign-and-trade to add Rozier.
The Celtics maintained and replenished frontcourt depth with($5 million guaranteed this season, $5 million unguaranteed the following season) and (two years, $5,125,000).
Boston did well to leave draft night with No. 14 pick, No. 22 pick , No. 33 pick , No. 51 pick , a future Bucks first-rounder (from Phoenix) and Baynes unloaded. The Celtics also signed undrafted , whose 7-foot-6 frame at least draws intrigue.
Maybe one of those rookies blossoms. Maybegets back in a groove as he gains distance from his injury. Maybe a future first-rounder from the Grizzlies lands high in a lottery.
There are ways for Boston to build a title contender.
But that seems far more distant than when the Celtics were envisioning an Irving-pairing. It seems more distant than even when Boston was hoping to keep Horford.
Many teams would love to settle for Walker and Kanter, but the Celtics were in such great shape. They definitely had to settle. Where I’m from, that’s no.
Offseason grade: C-
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