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Celtics PRIDE podcast: farewell Fournier, hello 2022 cap space

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The state of the Celtics after Day 1 of free agency.

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Mike Minkoff and Adam Motenko record with free agency underway and react live as Evan Fournier signs with the Knicks. Mike reviews the current state of the Celtics offseason including the completed Josh Richardson trade and the pending Tristan Thompson trade. They discuss their reactions to these deals including the Kemba Walker deal that kicked off Brad Stevens tenure as president.

What are we learning about Brad Stevens’ thoughts on the roster and the cap sheet that Danny Ainge left him with? Was the Knicks’ contract for Evan Fournier an overpay? Should the Celtics have paid that amount? What does losing Fournier mean about the decision to trade for him last season, breaking up the Hayward Traded Player Exception and giving away two second round picks?

They also discuss whether the Celtics should extend Marcus Smart for the contract he wants. Mike and Adam disagree on whether incremental improvement toward being as competitive as possible is a better approach than clearing your cap space if you determine you can’t win a championship yet. Adam raises the topic of whether this ownership group is spending enough. Should they be more willing to pay the luxury tax next year to keep Fournier? The podcast ends with a discuss on the rumored interest in Isaiah Thomas returning.

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Hosts: Adam Motenko, Josh Motenko (@coachmotenko) and Mike Minkoff (@mikeminkoffnba)

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About Celtics PRIDE Podcast: Co-Hosts Adam Motenko, his identical twin brother Josh Motenko, and their friend Mike Minkoff couldn’t stop talking about the team. Now they supply your need for Boston Celtics content with their regular podcast on CelticsBlog.

They will talk nerdy to you, dissect the players on and off the court, and bicker like only opinionated New Englanders can. It’s like if CelticsBlog made a BasketballJones / Dunc’dOn lovechild.

You will get the coach’s perspective, the capologist’s view, and a healthy dose of advanced and traditional stats that breakdown everything that happened and could happen with the #1 dynasty in the NBA. If you often find yourself reminiscing about the players you grew up watching, or you just need reminders about what “being a Celtic” means to you, this is the podcast for you. This is Celtics PRIDE!