The Golden State Warriors rampaged through the NBA playoffs and are staggering favorites in Vegas to win back-to-back titles, but LeBron James said after Game 5 that teams will be spending the summer trying to assemble a superteam capable of challenging the champs.
While the Cavs likely will be the prohibitive favorites in the East as long as LeBron James is around, the Celtics finished the season with the best record in the conference, and are in the enviable position of having the No. 1 overall draft pick and some cap flexibility. The Celtics have long been linked to Jazz star Gordon Hayward, but Boston is also reportedly considering Blake Griffin, who can opt out of his deal with the Clippers.
On Wednesday's episode of "The Herd", Chris Broussard said we could see some big moves over the summer from Celtics boss Danny Ainge.
The Celtics may be more in win-now mode than people thought
Doug Gottlieb: “Markelle Fultz is working out for the Lakers tomorrow. So that means he hasn’t been guaranteed by the Celtics they’re going to take him first overall. So is this a ‘Hey, they’re wheeling and dealing’? Is it ‘Let’s go get Blake [Griffin], and let’s go get Gordon Hayward?’ Or ‘Let’s trade the 1 for more pieces?’
"It feels like they could make a huge series of moves combining free agency and the draft to go for it now."
Chris Broussard: “Look at Danny Ainge’s history. What’s he best known for? Getting Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the same summer, and building a championship team.
"You can’t put anything past Danny Ainge. I think what we are seeing now is that they may be more in win-now mode than people thought. And again, I think they may think they’re closer to Cleveland than a lot of others do.”
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Boston will have to make a tough decision about Isaiah Thomas' future
“There are those that think, at some point, they need to trade Isaiah Thomas -- because next year, next summer, he’s going to want max money. And rightly so, but do you give him max money?
"Or if you can get a Blake Griffin for a year, I’d like to see how those two play together.
"Isaiah, as good as he is, if he’s your best player, there’s a ceiling on how far you’re going. You’re not winning a championship. You can go far, but you’re not winning a championship.
"If Blake Griffin or a big is your best player, I think you’ve got a shot at winning it.”