The Boston Celtics are in a position as an organization where they need to be able to out-perform expectations and finally make the NBA Finals. Plenty of star-power such as Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, and now Kemba Walker have played in Boston over the years, but this team has still yet to reach the NBA Finals since 2010.
Head coach Brad Stevens is one of the best, young coaches in the NBA and it would be completely and utterly stupid for the Celtics to blame him for them not making the NBA Finals, but it could be easy to blame some of the players.
If Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown do not step up and perform at a high level this year, they could very well be on the move next offseason as the Celtics are in a position to win now. They have been linked to various offseason trade rumors for big-time names, such as Kevin Love and Myles Turner, but no trades were ever solidified.
With Kemba Walker out until sometime in January as he rehabs from an offseason knee procedure, the Celtics will have to figure out ways to win. Kemba Walker’s knee issues have long been documented and he has had several issues dating back to his college days at UCONN, which can be concerning for the Celtics moving forward. They put a lot of faith in Kemba last year and believed he was the guy they needed in order to finally make the NBA Finals, but they still fell short and lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
While Kemba Walker was such an integral part of the Celtics’ success last season, it may make sense to trade him to bolster their bench. Last season, the Celtics had the 2nd worst bench in the NBA in terms of scoring per game and as a result, they fell short of their goal of reaching the NBA Finals once again.
Cutting ties with Kemba Walker now and being able to get two key role players, one of which could very well end up as a great Sixth-Man for them, could be exactly what this team needs to push themselves into the NBA Finals and could be what they need to finally win another championship.
Let’s take a look at who the Boston Celtics could potentially get out of trading Kemba Walker to the Dallas Mavericks.