Celtics declare free agent ‘winner’ due to 2 main factors

Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics.


Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics.

When the Boston Celtics failed to make any moves on their first night of freedom, some fans raged. Other teams are doing left and right trades, and it looks like the Celtics are standing still. But that feeling didn’t last long.

Less than 24 hours after the free company opened, Brad Stevens went after it. He signed Italian striker Danilo Gallinari on a two-year deal and in exchange for combo guard Malcolm Brogdon, all without giving up any core rotational players.

On July 4, Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report wrote an article detailing the free company’s winners and losers so far. In this section, he declared the Celtics the winner, nothing of the aforementioned two moves as the main reason why.

“That move [the Brogdon trade] Alone was good enough to claim the Celtics victory, but they didn’t finish there,” Bailey wrote. “Following his acquisition from the San Antonio Spurs (who bought him from the Atlanta Hawks in the Murray trade), Danilo Gallinari signed with Boston. He’s past his prime, but he’s still a money-throwing offensive player who should be able to swing games as a reserve force. Adding those two to a spin that made it to the Finals was like a steal.”

Bailey also went into detail on the Brogdon trade, explaining why the Celtics won so.

Why Brogdon Trading Was a Huge Success

The Celtics not only swapped Brogdon without dropping any actual penalty pieces, but also filled a hole in their roster. They added some extra gameplay, which is something they could have used in last season’s Finals.

“Most notably, they got Malcolm Brogdon for a first-round pick and didn’t surrender to a single sure-turn player,” Bailey explained. “He’s exactly the type of player Boston seems to need in the Finals: a consistent player big enough to operate in the dense Celtics defense.”

However, Bailey also admits that there is some risk involved with Brogdon, as he is often injured. However, while Bailey noted that “his history of injuries is worrisome, but at the price Boston has to pay for him, this is undisputed.”

This past season, despite playing in just 36 games, Brogdon averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists with 44.8% shots from the field and 31.2% from outside the three-point arc.

Both Brogdon and Gallinari could help Boston compete in a full convention next year.

Celtics have a good chance to win in the East

While the Eastern Conference has gotten better during the free agent period, so have the Celtics. Their moves have allowed them to keep up with the competition, and according to Bailey, they have a good chance of repeating as Eastern Conference Champions.

“Milwaukee Bucks is the character to compete with again. The Philadelphia 76ers have improved this season (in large part thanks to the acquisition of De’Anthony Melton prior to free agency). And the Miami Heat probably isn’t going away,” Bailey said. “But Boston has clearly increased its strength in winning the East again.”

It’s never easy to make it through the knockout stages and into the NBA Finals, but with the moves they’ve made this summer, the Celtics are well-equipped to bounce back next season. Celtics declare free agent ‘winner’ due to 2 main factors

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