Danny Ainge is walking on thin ice right now, as even though he looked like a genius a couple of months ago, Boston Celtics’ fans are livid at their basketball mastermind due to a recent turn of events.
With Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier and Al Horford most likely to leave the team in the summer, Boston fans hoped Ainge would find the way to trade for Anthony Davis, but that obviously didn’t happen.
With Gordon Hayward vastly underperforming since coming back from injury, Danny Ainge needs to do way more to improve this team in the offseason after drafting Grant Williams and Romeo Langford. Today, we’re going to let you know what the Celtics must do this summer if they want to compete again next season.
Trade for Bradley Beal
Boston Celtics desperately need a good shooter, and Bradley Beal would be a perfect player for them.
The Celtics have a lot of assets to try and pull a trade off, like the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2020 1st round pick (1-6 protected or unprotected in 2021), Robert Williams, Marcus Smart, Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, and even Gordon Hayward, plus their own picks.
Trade for Steven Adams
The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly made Steven Adams available in trades, and while he may not be able to provide the offensive versatility and playmaking abilities Al Horford has, he could deliver top-tier defense for them.
Adams sets great screens and is one of the most physical big men in the league right now, and given his contract situation, he’d be a great addition for Boston, while the Thunder could use the spare parts.
Trade for Kevin Love
There’s just no way Kevin Love is going to finish the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s too good and too much of a valuable veteran to be stuck on that team for another season wasting a year of his prime.
Once again, he’s not the great defender as Horford but he can do a little bit of everything, hit the long-range shot, set screens, pass, and score from all over the world. Cleveland Cavaliers need young players and this trade would be the perfect move for them.
Sign DeMarcus Cousins
Ok, let’s start from the beginning. If Horford, Rozier, and Kyrie leave, the Celtics will have as much as $69,722,627 to spend in free cap space, so they could bring in some top-tier talents in the summer.
There’s just no way DeMarcus Cousins continue to leave money on the table after signing a 5.5 million contract with the Golden State Warriors, and he’d love a huge stage like the TD Garden to prove his worth.
Sign Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic is coming off a breakout season and while the Orlando Magic is going to offer him a lot of money, he could favor a contending team and the chance to play for a ring rather than a huge paycheck.
So, with the Celtics looking to add depth in the frontcourt with Baynes and Horford out, he’d be a great addition for Brad Stevens’ team thanks to his offensive versatility and ability to dominate both sides of the glass.
Sign Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez is more than likely to resign with the Milwaukee Bucks, but the chance to play for the Boston Celtics could be quite appealing for a guy as talented as him, especially at a fair price.
Lopez’ newfound three-point shooting stroke is going to get him paid big time in the summer, and with his ability to stretch the floor, there would be a lot of driving lanes for Brown and Tatum to attack the rim.