Where the Celtics Stand in Free Agency: Breakdown The Off-Season
Boston, MA - There is no denying that the Boston Celtics are the favorites to win the Eastern Conference going into the 2018-19 NBA season, but that does not mean adjustments cannot be made during the preceding offseason.
For a brief moment, it seemed like Boston might be a potential landing spot for LeBron James. The coveted free agent wound up signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for four years - hence why Boston is the runaway favorite in the East - and Celtics fans finally returned to their senses.
Going into the offseason with a core of Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Jaylen Brown all returning for the upcoming campaign is undoubtedly a very strong move that most teams would kill to be privileged with, but the Danny Ainge certainly knew the team could still afford to make a few moves here and there.
After all, the Golden State Warriors, a team with arguably the best roster in NBA history, did not stand pat as they added DeMarcus Cousins to their murderer's row of talent.
I believed that if Boston could find a way to retain Marcus Smart and add a proven veteran scorer to the bench rotation, they would be in great shape for next season.
While talks with Smart are still ongoing, Celtics beat reporters have noticed the defensively elite guard palling around with Ainge recently - It also doesn't hurt that funds around the league are dwindling.
However, Boston might be in pursuit of the latter move, as well. According to Sam Amico, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to dump the over seven million dollar contract for Kyle Korver and there are many teams around the league interested in taking it on, including Boston. The Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers are also said to be in contention for the sharp shooter, but there is no denying that bringing Korver in off the bench would be an immense benefit for a second unit Celtics team that has struggled to put up points the way more prolific teams have managed to do (think the Warriors or the Houston Rockets).
The Korever situation will undoubtedly be an interesting saga to follow in the coming days of the NBA offseason.