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The Celtics are on to free agency

Will Gordon go-go or will he Stay-ward?

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The NBA Draft is done and in the books and the Celtics did not make any trades last night. Well, beyond the one where they traded the number one pick, still got the guy they presumably would have picked anyway, and picked up a potential high lottery pick in 2018 in the process. But that’s another column.

So now we turn our attention to the rest of the offseason, notably free agency which begins on July 1st. The Celtics, as you may have heard, can free up max cap space by offloading about $2M via trade. That could mean giving up a rotation player in exchange for (say it with me...) future draft assets, but it would likely be worth it to get a max free agent caliber guy.

The worst kept secret in the NBA is the Celtics focus on bringing in Gordon Hayward. He’s a dynamic wing scorer that could very much help this team take a step forward in the immediate future while being young enough to grow with our younger core in the future.

The Utah Jazz have a nice young team with a potentially bright future as well, so Hayward might just decide to stay there. The Celtics have also drafted two wings with the 3rd pick in successive drafts and happen to still have Jae Crowder on one of the best bargain deals in the league. So there’s a chance that the Celtics turn their attention elsewhere.

Another name that has come up a lot is Blake Griffin. He plays a position of need for the Celtics and would be a dynamic playmaking big that would seem to fit in well next to Al Horford. Of course he’s had a history of injury issues that make him a risk at a full 4-year max deal. But Danny Ainge might think it is worth the risk to use this cap room while we still have it. The cap space presumably goes away next year when it is time to re-sign Isaiah Thomas and potentially Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart.

There are other free agents that the Celtics could consider as well, but I’m not sure if any of them would be worth the full max. Boston could also switch their focus to trades.

Rumors already began on draft night that the Celtics were in serious discussions to trade for Paul George, but ultimately the talks broke down. You can bet that the two sides will re-visit those talks at some point in the near future. The Pacers are motivated to move him while he still has some value but they would rather not simply give him away for nothing. Something to keep an eye on.

We know that they will not be trading for Jimmy Butler, since he was dealt to the Timberwolves in a draft night trade. There’s still a possibility that the Celtics would get involved in a Kevin Love trade if the Cavs can get their front office in place. Or clearly there could be some smaller trades that could create more roster balance.

Draft night was a lot of fun and the Celtics got some good young players. Now we move on to the rest of the offseason. You never know, by July 4th we could have some more ...fireworks.

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