With all the draft picks that the Celtics have stored, including this year’s #1 overall pick, and their young prospects the Celtics have in a good place moving forward. The Celtics have the options of staying put and building towards the future or using their assets to acquire big name players. The question that all Boston fans are contemplating is “Is the time now for the Celtics?”
To agree with former Celtic Paul Pierce, the time is now for the Celtics. After earning the top seed in East after the regular season and looking way ahead of where they should be in their rebuilding process, now is the time to build on their momentum.
I know, as a Celtic fan myself, the fans of the team don’t care about the top seed in the East or making it to the Eastern Conference Finals if they are only going to lose to LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Boston fans want championships and the team is in a position to possibly deliver those championships. But the team has to have that mindset that the time to strike is now.
The most likely scenario that fans would be looking to see if the Celtics are going all in to win a championship is going to be first through free agency and then through trade.
The first step of this process: Gordon Hayward. The Celtics have the cap space to go into free agency and sign a big name player. This player would be Gordon Hayward. Hayward led the Jazz to the second round of the playoffs and he also made the west all star team. He is a top 20 player in the league and the Celtics need to jump on him.
Once the Celtics acquire Hayward they would need to trade for Paul George or Jimmy Butler. The team has been rumored to be after these guys all year but now with the #1 overall pick in their pockets the Celtics just might have what it takes to get the deal done.
The deal would look something like this: In return for George or Butler the Celtics would most likely be give away the #1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, as well as a combination of Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley/Marcus Smart.
At the end of the day if I had to choose between George and Butler I would choose Butler. I would choose Butler because although George is a little better, Paul George only has one year left on his contract and Jimmy Butler is signed through the 2019-2020 season. Imagine a starting 5 including Isaiah Thomas, Gordon Hayward, Jimmy Butler, and Al Horford. Now that would be a contending lineup for the NBA Championship.