Predicting the Boston Celtics’ Starting 5 for 2014-15 NBA Season

Predicting the Boston Celtics' Starting 5 for 2014-15 NBA Season

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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.

5. Point Guard: Rajon Rondo

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5. Point Guard: Rajon Rondo

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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.

4. Shooting Guard: Avery Bradley

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4. Shooting Guard: Avery Bradley

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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.

3. Small Forward: Harrison Barnes

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3. Small Forward: Harrison Barnes

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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.

2. Power Forward: Kevin Love

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2. Power Forward: Kevin Love

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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.

1. Center: Omer Asik

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1. Center: Omer Asik

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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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  • Taylor Petersen

    My Boston Celtics 2014 Off-Season Moves and 2014-15 Roster Predictions
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    Free Agent Additions:
    1. Gordon Hayward, SF/SG, Utah Jazz
    2. Jordan Hill, C/PF, LA Lakers
    3. Emeka Okafor, C, Phoenix Suns
    4. Brian Roberts, PG, New Orleans Pelicans
    5. Jan Vesely, PF, Denver Nuggets
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    Re-Signed:
    1. Avery Bradley, SG
    2. Jerryd Bayless, PG/SG
    3. Colton Iverson, C (2013 draft pick 53 (Brought over from Turkey))
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    Trades:
    1. Minnesota T-Wolves acquire: Jeff Green, SF; Brandon Bass, PF; Jared Sullinger, PF;
    RD1 p6 2014, 2016 1st RD pick
    Boston Celtics acquire: Kevin Love, PF
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    Drafted:
    RD1 p17: KJ McDaniels, SG/SF, Clemson
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    Starting Lineup:

    PG: Rajon Rondo
    SG: Avery Bradley
    SF: Gordon Hayward
    PF: Kevin Love
    C: Jordan Hill

    Reserves:

    1. Kelly Olynyk, PF/C
    2. KJ Mcdaniels, SG/SF
    3. Jerryd Bayless, PG/SG
    4. Emeka Okafor, C
    5. Gerald Wallace, SF
    6. Brian Roberts, PG
    7. Chris Johnson, SF/SG
    8. Jan Vesely, PF
    9. Colton Iverson, C
    10. Chris Babb, SG

    • Michael LeDuc

      I like it! But, I’m Not sure the cap hit will allow all that.

      • Taylor Petersen

        According to this they will be able to make it happen.

        Projected 2014-15 Salaries (rounded up)

        1. Kevin Love- 16 million
        2. Rajon Rondo- 13 million
        3. Gerald Wallace- 10 million
        4. Gordon Hayward- 10 million
        5. Jordan Hill- 5 million
        6. Avery Bradley- 4 million (qualifying offer)
        7. Jerryd Bayless- 4 million
        8. Emeka Okafor- 3 million
        9. Kelly Olynyk- 2.5 million
        10. KJ McDaniels- 2 million
        11. Brian Roberts- 2 million
        12. Jan Vesely- 2 million
        13. Chris Johnson- 1 million (non-guaranteed)
        14. Chris Babb- 1 million (non-guaranteed)
        15. Colton Iverson- 500k

        Total Salary: 76 million
        2014-15 NBA Luxury Tax: 77 million
        Cap Space: 1 million

        2013 Celtics Salary: 70,644,120
        2013 NBA Luxury Tax: 71.7 million