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Thursday, 13 July 2017 07:45

The Post Bradley Boston Celtics

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Justin Poulin and Jon Duke review the Avery Bradley deal and it’s domino effect. 

It was always apparent that trading Bradley was always the logical decision. Fans are upset to see Bradley go, given what they received in return.

What will Marcus Morris bring to the team? Jon Duke thinks he is a similar player to his twin brother Markieff. Paired with the addition of Aron Baynes, Jon believes the Celtics now have some guys that can mix it up and give the team some muscle, fouls and an overall edge.

Marcus Smart is discussed. What kind of improvements can Smart make with a little more time? Does this mean the Celtics will extend Smart?

Was trading for Paul George a good idea to begin with? Would he have left to go play in Los Angeles after the season? Would Boston have enough players left over to compete? Justin and Jon agree that it may have worked in 08’ when the Celtics formed the Big 3, but now the Golden State Warriors exist. The bar is definitely higher.

Jon believes Danny Ainge was hamstrung by the order of operations necessary to pull off a Hayward – George acquisition. On the bright side, all of the player movement in the league bodes well for the Celtics who still seemed primed for another big move.

What is the Celtics next big move? Would it really be a center like Marc Gasol? That doesn’t seem to make sense for how Boston plays. It seems Brad Stevens likes Horford at the 5 and therefore it would be the Jae Crowder position at the 4 that Boston will look to upgrade. This is why the Paul George was the target.

What is the Celtics new starting lineup? Is Al Horford now starting at center? Will Gordon Hayward start at the 2 or the 3? Does Brad Stevens need to take into account what positions his starters prefer playing?

What does the rest of the rotation look like after the starting five?

Justin and Jon agree that Isaiah Thomas, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jae Crowder and Al Horford start. The next 5 on the bench would consist of Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum appear to be very complimentary to each other as swing men. Add in Marcus Smart and that is a great 1, 2 and 3 as a foundation for the future of the Celtics.

Did Jayson Tatum’s late start at Duke cause him to fall from the draft? Is he a better player now than he was the end of the Duke season?

All this and more. Please listen below!

Samuel Lias

Samuel Lias is a contributor to Boston Celtics coverage on CLNS Radio