The Boston Celtics are one of the teams everybody’s talking about right now. After some insiders predicted they would end the season with 60+ wins, the team underachieved throughout most of the year.
However, there was some light at the end of the tunnel when the Celtics peaked towards the end of the season, swept the Oladipo-less Indiana Pacers, and took game 1 on the road vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.
Obviously, after losing 4 straight matchups against Giannis Antetokounmpo’s teams, they’re once again on the wrong side of the media and their supporters, as it looks like this team is never going to be able to live up to its potential.
Moreover, the Celtics will head to free agency with several players likely to be on their way out, either because they don’t want to be there, or just because they’ll get more money elsewhere. Today, we’ll let you know about the players that will definitely leave the Celtics in the summer.
4. Terry Rozier
There’s no way Terry Rozier is going to stay in Boston after his latest words. Rozier claimed he’s the one who made the most sacrifices for the team and that he’s a top point guard in the league, so obviously, he’s pissed at the team for the way they dealt with his playing time.
Rozier is set to become a restricted free agent, but even if the Celtics were interested in keeping him around, they won’t have enough cap space to match a good offer for him, and he’s likely to be overpaid by a team desperately looking for a point guard.
3. Marcus Morris
Marcus Morris played a huge role for the Boston Celtics under Brad Stevens’ command. He was a fierce defender, a great hustler, and a versatile player, but they won’t have enough money to keep him on board.
Morris is a slightly better offensive player than his brother Markieff and as good of a defender, so he’s definitely going to get a couple of nice offers in the summer. Also, he’d like to join forces with his twin brother once again.
2. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving doesn’t want to play for the Celtics and, truth to be told, it looks like his teammates wouldn’t mind helping him pack his bags after the way he treated him and his claims towards the media.
Irving’s tenure at Boston ended up in the worst possible way after some terrible performances in the playoffs and even worse statements, and he’s likely to join the Knicks, Nets, Lakers, or Clippers.
1. Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward isn’t the one to blame for the Celtics’ struggles, but he’s done little to help the team’s winning cause, and Brad Stevens just doesn’t need him with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in town.
Hayward still has two years left on his 128 million deal, and his trade value isn’t going to get much higher as it as of today, so Danny Ainge is going to try and move him while he still has the chance to.