The Boston Celtics blew a massive opportunity at returning to the NBA Finals after they were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Unfortunately for the Celtics, the franchise looks like they might be about to lose both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford this offseason so it’s clear that they will need to look for some quality replacements.
According to a report from NBC Sports Boston, the Celtics are looking to improve their frontcourt with a potential deal for Thunder center Steven Adams. However, the report also mentions that "it's unclear where he falls in the team's pecking order as far as players they plan to pursue, or exactly what they are willing to give up in order to acquire him."
This may be a suitable fit for the Celtics as it’s almost certain that Al Horford will not around much longer for Boston. It will be a massive loss but the Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters last week that he’s still confident in the direction that the team is going.
"I'm excited about our team going forward," Ainge said, via NBC Sports Boston. "I like where we're headed. I like the core young group of guys and I think it's going to be really fun.
"We have a very attractive franchise to play for, and there's a lot of people who would be dying to come play here."
For the Thunder, trading Adams is a possibility as they are reportedly looking to gain more salary space, therefore the Oklahoma City center has been made “Available.” The 25-year-old currently has two seasons left on his four-year, $100 million extension that he signed back in 2016. The question still remains on how willing the Celtics are to give away their assets as part of a possible deal for Adams.
It’s quite obvious that there will be a lot of roster changes within the franchise but it’ll be very important for the Celtics to make the right decisions over the offseason.