Boston’s Offseason Breeds ‘More Reasons For Optimism’: Analyst

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Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics were busy during the 2022 NBA offseason. Swapping their backend players for Malcolm Brogdon and using their mid-level taxpayer exemption for Danilo Gallinari shows they are determined to chase their 18th championship when the 2022-23 season begins. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is a fan of the moves they made because he believes the moves they made could potentially solve the problem that plagued them in the 2022 NBA Finals.

“The Celtics made it to the NBA Finals and have been in a seven- or eight-man rotation for months since the regular season. Fatigue appeared to be a determining factor in their hard-fought seven-game streak. Now the Celtics have more options. And even more reason for optimism.”

The Celtics rotation for the 2022-23 season is expected to include Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III, Al Horford, Derrick White, Grant Williams, Payton Pritchard, Brogdon and Gallinari.

The only rotation player included in the Brogdon deal was Daniel Theis, who was in and out of rotation throughout Boston’s playoff run in 2022.


O’Connor’s thoughts on Brogdon and Gallinari

O’Connor concedes that Brogdon will likely play a smaller role in the team in Boston than in Indiana. However, his playmaking and scoring skills combined with his previous durability issues, a smaller role could be exactly why he fits Boston like a glove.

“Brogdon, 29, is a high IQ player who can make plays for others and is an adept off-ball player to create passing lanes for teammates. He is a career 37.6 percent shooter out of 3 with the ability to start from both catching and dribbling. With Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and others all getting shots, Brogdon will be pretty low on the totem pole in Boston compared to Indiana. But fewer minutes and less workload might be for best as he has been plagued by injuries and has only played 71 per cent of possible games throughout his career.”

As for Gallinari, O’Connor conceded that while he’s not the player he once was at the age of 33, he is still a shot creator whose shooting skills should help the Celtics in their offensive sets at half-court.

“Another character is Danilo Gallinari, a 6-foot-10 forward who has been on Boston’s radar since Danny Ainge managed the team. Brad Stevens snagged a two-year, $13 million deal and provided the Celtics with a hard-hitting forward for the rotation. Gallo is no longer in his prime, but he’s still an effective scorer who could help ignite Boston’s semi-court offense.


Celtics still looking for frontcourt help

After Daniel Theis was traded to Indiana, Boston was on the lookout for his replacement. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported on July 1 that the Celtics, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, are interested in adding Thomas Bryant to the team.

On July 6, Haynes reported that Bryant had reached an agreement with the Lakers because they could offer him the opportunity to be their starting center, which Boston couldn’t offer.

After Haynes reported Bryant’s approval of joining the Lakers, Chris Mannix reported that Boston was still looking for depth of the apron due to Robert Williams III’s injury history.

No name for Boston has surfaced since Bryant’s decision. The Celtics can either offer an unrestricted free agent a veteran’s minimum contract or use one of their trade exceptions to get Theis’ replacement.

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