October 12, 2020, 2:13 pm
Celtics searching for trades to net them a top-3 pick — Marc Stein, November 18
Celtics one of four teams to hold workout with Theo Maledon — Jeff McDonald, November 12
Precious Achiuwa works out for Celtics — Chris Grenham, November 12
Celtics hold workout with Devin Vassell — Keith Smith, November 12
Celtics trying to package their three first-rounders to move up — The Ringer, November 12
Aaron Nesmith scheduled to work out for Celtics — James Ham, November 11
RJ Hampton confirms workout with Celtics — Keith Smith, November 11
Zeke Nnaji holds virtual meeting with Boston — Chris Grenham, November 5
Celtics targeting Onyeka Okongwu in possible trade-up? – NBADraft.net, November 3
Free Agency Rumors
Hawks ‘in play’ to acquire Gordon Hayward — Chris Haynes, November 17
Celtics and Pacers have discussed a trade involving Myles Turner – J. Michael, November 12
Celtics trying to package their three first-rounders to move up; could be targeting Jrue Holiday — The Ringer, November 12
Pistons’ Christian Wood could be targeted by Celtics in free agency — Yahoo.com, November 12
Celtics could pursue Serge Ibaka — Heavy.com, November 8
How’d We Get Here?
The Celtics went for a reset last offseason, replacing an elite point guard with one who’s almost as good that doesn’t make everyone sad. The offense was tilted towards Boston’s young core, and they delivered. Boston got back on a contending trajectory with a team that finally looks as good on the court as it does on paper. An ECF defeat to the Heat meant the Celtics still came up short, but it was definitely a big improvement and there’s a feeling that the best is yet to come.
The Celtics didn’t get an offseason without big changes, however, with Gordon Hayward opting out and heading to the Hornets. The Celtics essentially got nothing in return for a max player, and while you could argue addition by subtraction to let the young guys get more usage, letting players walk for nothing is generally not great business. They upgraded at center with Tristan Thompson and behind Kemba Walker with Jeff Teague, so filling Hayward’s production is the big challenge.
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