The Boston Celtics may have a very bright long-term future, but the near future going into next season is still a little foggy.
The Celtics went 25-57 last year due to a plethora of injuries and a depletion of talent. Expect to see a totally different team going into next season. This was a team that started the season with five shooting guards and six power forwards. They need to add size and possibly another wing scorer next to Jeff Green going into next season.
There could be a massive overhaul of with draft picks and trades galore. Something in the way of 2007 when the C’s brought in both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett via trade at the draft would be ideal. The Celtics are guaranteed a top-eight pick, and also have the Brooklyn Nets‘ pick at No. 17. They could possibly package that and look to get a disgruntled star like Kevin Love.
The Celtics don’t have much cap room this year — at least not enough to be major players in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. I doubt he’d come to Boston anyway. They will possibly have to use their mid-level exception on a need depending on the draft or trades.
One player they may be able to get is the defensive specialist with the Houston Rockets, Omer Asik. The Celtics need a rim protector; they went all of last season with no legit rim protection or size. The only legit center that was on the team was Vitor Faverani, and he rarely played.
Look for the Celtics to go out and get some wing help next to Green and an actual center to protect the rim. They have two first-round draft picks and a limited amount of cap space to use. The Celtics will be players more via trade than free agency.
The Celtics’ future in terms of next season is still foggy. There could be major roster turnover or the team could be the same going into 2014-15.