Same Danny Same. In a perfect world, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward would both be healthy and the Celtics could realistically challenge for the NBA championship this season. However, maybe some things happen for a reason. With Irving and Hayward out for the season, young players such as Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and so on have gotten extended minutes and valuable playoff experience that they maybe wouldn’t have if Boston’s two stars were in action.
While Celtics president and general manager, Danny Ainge, is thrilled with how his young players are thriving in the playoffs, he can’t help but think how good the Celtics can be when Irving and Hayward return:
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— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) May 17, 2018
“They are excited for this young group of guys [and] Al Horford, they’re excited for all those guys,” Ainge said via NBC Sports Boston. “All I can do is think about how good we’ll be with them. Because those guys are good and our depth will be great. It’ll be a lot of fun.”
Ainge is right, this team is going to be phenomenal in 2019 and can be a serious challenger to the Warriors. That goes without saying that some tough choices will have to be made on the roster heading into next season. Boston would love to keep Marcus Smart long term but it’s tough to say how his restricted free agent market will shake up. Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris will also be entering the final years of their deals which makes you wonder whether they could be on the block. Kyrie’s deal will also come up after the 2019 season where an extension will obviously be the first thing on the bucket list.
Boston still has assets for days including 4 potential first round picks for the 2019 NBA Draft. This team may not be done adding and that’s a scary proposition.