All of the big names have moved and the extended roster is set as the Boston Celtics get ready to begin another NBA-season with light expectations.
What to make of this past offseason for Boston? While they were only standing in the corner of the Kevin Love party, they ultimately never made their move to go to talk to him on the dance floor, so now he is going to the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers.
Other than any Kevin Love rumors, the Celtics weren’t linked to any of the major free agents and every trade rumor surrounding the draft ended up just being a rumor. So now Boston is left with a depth chart that looks a lot like this:
PG: Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart, Phil Pressey
Bradley was signed to a four-year, $32 million deal to stay in Boston, a steep price for a guy who has yet to play a full season in his NBA career. He and Turner were the only players “signed” through free agency, while Zeller was acquired via trade.
If Danny Ainge‘s plan this offseason was to stockpile assets to hopefully move in a trade this year, or next offseason, he may be on to something. Thornton, Green, and Bass still have value for teams that may be in the playoff hunt come the trade deadline. It appears another “tanking” season may be ahead of us, but with Rondo back for a full season, it won’t look like the team will be tanking, but the results may show the truth.
Boston will now head into the 2014-2015 season with a lot of question marks that can’t be answered until the trade deadline. Will Rondo still be on the roster by the end of the year? Where will Green and Bass end up? Can Marcus Smart figure out how to score in the NBA and become a reputable point guard? These are just some of the questions that Ainge and Brad Stevens will have to deal with for most of the year because the offseason failed to answer the questions that they were being asked as last season came to an end.