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Amid a brilliant NBA Finals run, the Boston Celtics are still associated with bogus deals, presumably because some feel they still lack the firepower needed to bring Banner 18 home.
The Salt Lake Tribune’s Eric Walden staggered in the Cs to a mock swap proposal with his Utah Jazz, and the hypothetical deal would bring Boston back a 34-year-old point guard in Mike Conley, who is still owed over $68 million in the next 2 years.
Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens wouldn’t give a second thought to how far his team has come this season after handing Marcus Smart the keys of offense, but you can’t fault Jazz fans if they trying to update a roster that hasn’t proven capable of escaping the second round of the Western Conference postseason.
Here is Walden’s suggestion:
2022 Utah Jazz first-round pick
Why the Boston Celtics say no
This deal might have garnered significant attention had not White proved to be the most perfect sixth man the Cs could ever have asked for and if Marcus Smart had proved unable to fill the general position on Boston’s offense.
As it turns out, Stevens’ after-hours performance may have been the icing on the cake after a busy offseason last summer, when he was in charge of the Celtics in a front-office role for the first time.
At this point, adding a high-priced asset like Conley can do more harm than good. His presence would force Ime Udoka to reconsider his starting five, which he shouldn’t, and could push Payton Pritchard down the depth chart as well.
Conley could be someone to consider later in the buyout market should he go to the open market before his contract expires. The ship sailed because of a trade for the experienced point guard.