By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on May 28, 2014
The No. 6 pick doesn't exactly put the Boston Celtics in the most ideal situation this offseason, but they still have an opportunity to drastically improve the team. With assets piled up, Boston has "big-move" potential and could be in position to contend in the Eastern Conference next season. Here is what the Celtics' starting five could look like if everything goes their way.
Rajon Rondo will be back at the helm leading the Celtics' offense next season. A year removed from knee surgery, the 28-year-old will be back as strong as ever. Danny Ainge needs to put scorers around Rondo in order to have a winning team.
Bradley has plenty of issues, but bringing back the defensive-minded guard would be wise if his price tag stays on the cheap end. He can still play defense and his perimeter shot continues to improve. Boston will bring back Bradley on a four-year, million contract this offseason.
The Celtics will trade for young forward Harrison Barnes. The Warriors might have to choose to between paying Klay Thompson and Barnes. The Celtics swap Jared Sullinger, who is under contract until the 2015-16 season, for Barnes. For Golden State, Sullinger will serve as an important role player, as well as David Lee's successor, while Barnes hopefully blossoms into a solid player in Boston.
Yes, the "pipe-dream" trade is going to happen. The Celtics will ship the No. 6 pick, No. 17 pick, their 2015 first-round pick, Brooklyn's 2016 first-round pick, Brandon Bass and Keith Bogans to Minnesota for the perennial All-Star. Love and Rondo will make an immediate impact in Boston and lead them to the playoffs as a top-five team in the East.
If Boston is going to obtain Kevin Love, then adding a rim protector is critical. Asik is a legit seven-footer who can control the paint and rebound extremely well. The Celtics will trade Jeff Green and two second-round picks to Houston for Asik's services. He will complement Love well and allow Rondo and Bradley to play tough defense on the perimeter.
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