The Boston Celtics have already had themselves a very busy offseason with training camp for the 2021-22 season still a month away, having kicked it off by trading away Kemba Walker for Al Horford and Moses Brown, Tristan Thompson for Kris Dunn and Bruno Fernando, and Moses Brown for Josh Richardson.
They’ve extended Richardson, Marcus Smart, and Robert Williams III and signed Dennis Schroder on a taxpayer mid-level exception and Enes Kanter on a veterans minimum, and despite all this there are still some well-known analysts out there who view the Celtics offseason as a poor one. Don’t include ESPN cap wizard Bobby Marks among them, however.
“I love what the Celtics did,” related the ESPN analyst in a recent video praising Boston’s offseason and the Timelord extension in particular.
“If I was giving grades — and I don’t like doing grades — I would give them an ‘A-‘,” suggested Marks.
“They had really no flexibility here. [Kemba] Walker for [Al] Horford, Marcus Smart extension, Josh Richardson extension, Schroder for the tax mid-level [exception], the [Kris] Dunn/ [Bruno] Fernando trade — we’ll see where those guys go — Robert Williams extension, Ime Udoka as their head coach, Brad Stevens has done a really good job.”
“I’m going to make a bold prediction right now,” he added as he shifted gears a bit. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1430681437192208392?s=20
“I don’t like making predictions,” Marks continued.
“I’m going to say the Boston Celtics are going to be a top-four team in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Miami, and Boston. Not sure on the order. I’m sorry Sixer fans, I think we’re heading into team turmoil this year, and I’m not putting all my eggs in a Sixers basket. I think people are sleeping on the Celtics, I think they’re under the radar.”
“I think if [Jayson] Tatum and [Jaylen] Brown are healthy, I think this team is going to be in the top four in the Eastern Conference,” closed the ESPN analyst. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1430651241823154183?s=20
While we can understand some of the takes out there that do not yet see enough proof that the moves Boston made will make a significant difference in their fortunes, we tend to agree with Marks. The Celtics were in a fairly tough jam on former team president Danny Ainge’s exit, and have shored up their bench while becoming considerably more flexible to add talent at the same time — and for us, that deserves some serious credit. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=57238,57235,57228,57189] [listicle id=57237]
Source: Yahoo Sports