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Celtics PRIDE podcast: enduring growing pains and planning for trade season

The youth movement is in full effect in Boston.

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On this episode of Celtics PRIDE, Adam, Josh, and Mike try to make sense of the Celtics up-and-down play over the last week, and come to peace with the fact the Celtics are not likely to compete for a chip as currently constructed.

The question is…what does that mean for next steps? Well, Adam and Josh argue that the team is best served by enduring the growing pains that come with a young bench and two young stars growing into new roles as lead playmakers, while Mike wonders whether Ainge should be looking to trade Kemba for something of value (even if modest) to create greater long-term cap flexibility. Josh even introduces the newest Celtics PRIDE segment “Started From the Comments, Now We’re Here” to underscore his message of the need to keep patient with this young team that’s still learning their way.

The Celtics PRIDE team then revisits their TPE big boards from the other week to see whether priorities have shifted based on movement in the standings, and the Celtics helter-skelter performance. Mike then proposes a three-team trade to Adam and Josh that would send Kemba out and returns a former All-Star to the Celtics.

Finally, Coach Motenko asks whether the Kemba chemistry hype is overblown, and asks Adam and Mike which former Celtic they’d rather have on the team right now if forced to pick: Al Horford, Terry Rozier, or Jae Crowder.

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