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Boston Celtics Offseason Is A Big Win For Danny Ainge, And Others Agree

The Boston Celtics have had a good offseason despite what some have said over the last day or two.

Some writers aren’t as crazy as others though with writers over at Sporting News declaring the Celtics as one of the winners in NBA free agency.

The Boston Celtics join the likes of James Harden ($230 million deal) and Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti (landing Paul George in a lopsided trade) on the winning side of the NBA’s frenzy, according to Sean Deveney.

Devaney’s’ assessment: 

Boston got the big score of the offseason by signing Jazz free agent Gordon Hayward, pairing him with his former college coach, Brad Stevens, and putting the Celtics that much closer to the Cavaliers in the East. The Celtics now have a core of Hayward, Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas, as well as some young players who shined in summer league—No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum, last year’s No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown and rookies Semi Ojeleye and Ante Zizic. They still have, potentially, two top five picks in next year’s draft, so the Celtics have emerged from this summer with an all-star caliber core of veterans and a budding group of youngsters behind them.

What the Celtics did this offseason is hard to comprehend for many. It really all comes down to how high you think Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can go in terms of their ceiling. Essentially moving Avery Bradley, a second round pick and Kelly Olynyk for Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris is a win.

In a vacuum the Bradley trade to Detriot is a loss, it makes the Celtics worse this season. But that is completely ignoring the addition of Hayward whose profile fits the Brad Stevens system perfectly.

Trading The No.1 For No.3 Without Moving For George Was Fine, They Got Thier Guy In Tatum

It is easy to see how trading the No.1 pick for the No.3 and FFP is a loss. But if they were going to take Tatum at No.1 anyway, what was the point of keeping it?

Was missing out on Paul George a loss? Could Boston have made the trade with the Pacers before the Hayward signing? Yes, but Danny Ainge didn’t want to be pressured into trading off assets to clear the room to sign Hayward. He wanted to do it on his own terms, and when the Pacers made the move to trade George they did it getting well below face value if you believe what is coming out of the Boston camp.

The Boston Celtics are trying to follow up a No.1 seed 53-win season. A tall order. But there are reasons to believe that they will be much better this season. No longer will Isaiah Thomas shoulder the load on offense.

IT now has Hayward on his wing who averaged 21 points last season for a slow Utah Jazz offense. In Boston’s system, Hayward could average 25 points a night. Thomas, on the other hand, could see his point totals fall, but his efficiency as a scorer rise.

As a whole, the addition of Tatum, Hayward, Morris, and Aron Baynes is one that will help Boston improve.

They might have missed out on Paul George, but Brown and Marcus Smart still have a good amount of room for growth and Tatum’s moves should make him a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the court.

This offseason was a win for Boston and a win for Ainge.

If SI is handing out a C-, Trifecta Network is handing the boys in green a B+.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Celtics Loss To Cavs Meaningless For The Moment

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The Boston Celtics were handed a blowout loss at home on Sunday at the Garden by LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sunday’s blowout was drowned out by Paul Pierce‘s #34 being raised into the rafters post-game, but even 24 hours later the loss’s long-term impact is still very unclear. Reason for the lack of clarity is that the Cavaliers showcased their brand new lineup on Sunday with no real gameplan other than playing basketball and running the ball through James. For the Celtics, they had no idea how to prepare for this Cavs team with no video available to prepare for the game.

With no video, Brad Stevens and company was delegated to shooting off the hip and having his squad ill-prepared for a highly important Sunday game. Of course, the team’s lack of preparation is troubling from a big picture perspective. But in the moment it is hard to blame though.

Boston’s lack of competitiveness in this particular game can be attributed to seeing essentially a new team for the first time. There play over the last couple of weeks has been highly troubling. Boston had a barn burner of a month in December but since then they have looked out of sync and seem to be playing less than 100%.

The best Boston has looked in 2018 came when the team as a whole stepped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving for a few games in January. But the team hasn’t played a full game which is something that Al Horford admitted after Sunday’s loss.

Coach Stevens made a comment earlier in the season about not stepping off the gas at this particular point in the season. But it appears the team hasn’t heeded his warning as they look at rebound and get back on the right track.

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Who Is The More Iconic #34 In Boston? David Ortiz Or Paul Pierce?

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A player who donned the number 34 jersey is having his number retired in his honor on Sunday. The player happens to be Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce who wore the number during his Celtics tenure. But Pierce played much of his carrer in Boston, a town that happens to have another player with the number 34 that was also retired.

The other player is former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz whose number 34 jersey was retired by Boston this past season.

So while both are legendary in their own rights with potential hall of fame careers, who is the more iconic? When I say the number 34 who do you think of?

Well, the tale of the tape might be simple. Ortiz led the Red Sox to 3 World Series titles and helped the franchise win its first title in 86 seasons. Pierce, on the other hand, holds one NBA title to his name with it coming back in 2008 when his Celtics team brought home the franchises 17th NBA Championship.

But looking at it in a simple numbers to numbers perspective simply isn’t fair to either player. Basketball and baseball are two completely different sports. Both are legends in Boston and their meaning to the city and the fans hold a lasting impact. For that reason I leave it up to you, the readers to determine who is the more iconic #34. Ortiz or Pierce?

Vote on the Tweet below to help determine who is the most iconic #34.

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Boston Celtics Trade Talk Quiet At The Moment As Former Players Move Around

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Ahead of the NBA trade deadline the Boston Celtics have remained relatively quiet from all accounts. Of course Danny Ainge is doing his due diligence by looking into every possible avenue, but for now, Boston is staying put according to a report by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Just because the Celtics are being quiet doesn’t mean players with connections to the team aren’t moving around.

Earlier on Thursday Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder who were traded this offseason were both traded out of Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers. Another name connected to Boston is former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins who is now a favorite to land into one of Clevland’s open roster spots according to reports.

In the Eastern Conference, the only team with playoff hopes to really shake up their rosters was Cleveland. Washington, Milwaukee, and Toronto all stayed relatively quiet.

Boston’s deal with Greg Monroe is expected to be official shortly with the team also expected to be “highly” active in the buyout market.

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