The Boston Celtics are going to make some drastic changes this NBA offseason. The 2020-21 season was a disappointing one for the Celtics, who were bounced by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs in five games. That followed a disappointing regular season in which they finished in seventh place and had to defeat the Washington Wizards in the 7th vs. 8th seeded Play-In game.
The overhaul already began, as Brad Stevens will no longer be the head coach of the team. He is moving into a front-office role, taking over for Danny Ainge. It is only a matter of time until the roster sees an overhaul as well.
Throughout the season, Ainge took responsibility for the roster not being strong enough to contend in the Eastern Conference. Boston has two young All-Stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to build around, but not much else foundationally. Their backcourt of Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker could be on the move this offseason.
Walker struggled at the beginning of the season as he was recovering from an offseason knee procedure. Injuries will always be a worry for a player of Walker’s size, but he showed in April and May once the rust was knocked off that he could still perform at a high level, making 47.3 percent of his overall shots and knocking down 37.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. He averaged 21.3 points per game during that span to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
There are plenty of teams that would line up for that production, but only if the price is right. If Boston is willing to attach some assets, whether it be a young player or draft capital, there will be a market for Walker.