With the Boston Celtics reportedly withdrawing from the Kevin Love sweepstakes, the “fireworks” that owner Wyc Grousbeck mentioned in reference to the Celtics’ offseason moves seem highly unlikely. Barring something completely unexpected, the way the roster looks right now is pretty darn close to what it is going to look like come November.
That is rather discouraging, as the team won just 25 games last season, and the overall talent level of the roster was upgraded minimally, if at all. Of course, the Cs are looking for their youngsters–notably Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk–to make strides next season and continue to elevate their level of play, but as nothing is concrete, there’s no telling who is going to be in the starting unit when the first game of the year tips off.
The battle for minutes in the frontcourt wont be nearly as interesting as the one in the backcourt, however. The Celtics added two guards in Marcus Smart and James Young through the draft, and decided to stick with Avery Bradley for another three seasons.
Evan Turner was signed last week, and the Celtics’ facilitation in the Cleveland-Brooklyn trade landed them with Marcus Thornton, a very capable 2 guard in his own right. Phil Pressey will remain with the team for at least another season, and of course, Rajon Rondo is looking to bounce back from an off year by his standards and solidify his place as a top NBA point guard.
Brad Stevens has some big decisions to make for next year, but for now, I’ll take it upon myself to predict the Celtics lineups for the 2014-2015 season.