Bradley and Smart are both heading into the final year of their contracts. The Celtics have depth at guard with Rozier and now Hayward. Jaylen Brown can also play some shooting guard as well. Crowder is now part of a crowd on the wing with Hayward, Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum. He can play up at power forward some, but isn’t a full time option there.
It is also worth noting that Hayward’s addition will not impact the Celtics plans to sign German big man Daniel Theis. He is likely to sign for the Minimum Exception after Boston completes their other moves.
Danny Ainge got his guy, but there is still work to be done. Not only does the team need to clear cap space, but they also need depth. The Celtics depth has been a big part of their success the last two seasons. A good amount of it will need replaced this summer. Brad Stevens has his former player, but he’ll have to figure out a new rotation that will feature lots of new places. But those are issues for another day. On the Fourth of July, Celtics fans finally got the fireworks they were promised years ago and that is something worth celebrating.
Even if James wanted to leave next season, where is he going? Not many teams around the league will have cap space. Those that do, including the Los Angeles Lakers, won’t be that good.
Plus, the Eastern Conference is as weak as it has ever been right now with multiple All-Star players migrating to the Western MLB Jerseys China Conference. To go play in L.A. means James’ path to the Finals runs through the Golden State Warriors start Cheap Vikings Jerseys at least a round earlier than anticipated.