No team may be better poised to make some moves this summer than the Boston Celtics.
They have roughly 5,932 draft picks to move (that may be a little high, but they have a lot). They have some interesting young players they can move. They have the cap space to take on salaries. Plus they have the tradition of the Boston Celtics (although tradition doesn’t sell players like it used to).
That doesn’t mean that Kevin Love, or LaMarcus Aldridge paired with Wesley Matthews, or DeMarcus Cousins, are coming to Bean Town — those are both long shots at best — but Boston will be active in shaping the roster this summer.
Don’t take my word for it, look at what Celtics’ assistant general manager Mike Zarren told the Boston Herald.
“We’ve got a lot of opportunities to do something significant this summer,” said Zarren. “There’s going to be a lot of good free agents. We could move up in the draft. We’ve got assets of every kind that other teams like.
“It’s too early to really know what’s going to happen — the lottery hasn’t even happened yet — but we’ll be very, very active in all phases of front office work this summer.”
This summer, the dynamics are unique. Every team knows that the salary cap is going to spike by more than $20 million after this season, and another $17 million or more the following season (thank you new national television deal). That means teams will be willing to make moves and take on contracts knowing that in a year what looked like a bad contract will be far less of a burden against the cap.
“There’s a lot of teams that are going to be active this summer, so that makes for a more liquid trade market for us,” said Zarren.
What that will translate into in terms of players wearing Celtics’ green next season remains to be seen. Don’t think GM Danny Ainge will make moves for the sake of making moves.
But no team may be better positioned to pounce financially than Boston.