Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Biggest targets for the Boston Celtics entering the 2014 offseason

The Boston Celtics are in the middle of their rebuilding process. This summer, they are projected to make a strong push towards completing their transitional phase and in fact, they might enter the 2014 – 2015 season as a playoff-caliber team. There is much speculation around potential trades and big moves the C’s are expected to make. Let’s have a look at the biggest targets the Boston Celtics have as we enter the summer offseason.

No.1: Kevin Love
The 25 – year old megastar superstar Kevin Love is included in the Celtics’ shopping list this summer. In fact, Love is one of Boston’s priorities, one of their top targets. The C’s are looking for a way to change the course of their franchise and Love seems to be the ideal way for Boston to achieve and also achieve that instantly. The acquisition of Kevin Love could play a big role in Rajon Rondo’s future with the team, too. Rondo’s contract expires next summer and for the Celtics to retain him onboard they will need to become a winning team once again. The Celtics have a very tempting package to offer to the Minnesota Timberwolves to make this deal become reality. The C’s hold the No.6 and No.17 draft picks and they could also throw in Jeff Green and Kelly Olynyk or Jarred Sullinger.

No.2: Gordon Hayward
The Utah Jazz don’t appear to be eager to retain Gordon Hayward. Although the 24 – year old guard recorded a great season in 2013 – 2014, the Jazz seem skeptical about him and his future in Utah. On the other hand, the Boston Celtics could definitely use a player like Hayward. In fact, he has strong ties with the head coach of the team, Brad Stevens and on top of that, he is young and emerging. The Celtics desperately need to find some upgrades on their offensive end and Hayward seems to be the right fit. If he doesn’t become too expensive for the C’s to acquire, they will definitely make a strong push for him.

No.3: Greg Monroe
Monroe, much like Hayward, will be a restricted free agent this summer. Nonetheless, the Detroit Pistons are also skeptical about retaining their emerging big man, mainly because of the price they will have to pay to do so. The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, spend the entire 2013 – 2014 season without a true center onboard. If that is not enough to prove how much value the C’s will find in Monroe, the best part of a potential deal is that if Monroe comes to Boston through a sign-and-trade with Detroit, the Celtics wouldn’t have to give away their most valuable assets, like their sixth overall pick. In fact, Jeff Green seems to be a great fit in Detroit and alongside a few other pieces and most probably the 17th pick of the upcoming draft, he could form a tempting package for Detroit. The Celtics will have to agree on a deal with the Pistons in order to acquire Monroe as they don’t have the cap space to offer him a deal that the big man would accept.

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