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The Boston Celtics are not expected to be reviewed this dead season, but they still need to strengthen their squad to become the dominant franchise in the market. Eastern Conference
The young core of the team consisting of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier challenged the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games in the Eastern Conference finals, and with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward returning to the floor, Celtics could be difficult to stop.
Brad Stevens' team is not in the mix of LeBron James, but has asked about another superstar on the market who could put the Celtics in the driver's seat as the main contender for the Golden State Warriors of the East.
Outside of the superstar market, the Celtics are trying to secure the services of role players who could continue to improve their depth.
Boston is one of the few teams that have made commercial offers to San Antonio Spurs for discontent Kawhi Leonard.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Los Angeles Clippers made offers to the Spurs, in addition to ongoing talks with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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The Celtics may be oblivious to Leonard's draw since the Lakers appear to be in the best position to acquire it if the proposed package for San Antonio soothes him enough.
If Boston were going to beat the Lakers in discussions with the Spurs, they would presumably offer one or two of their young stars in a package with some of the coveted badets of the team.
Boston could have up to four first-round picks in the 2019 NBA draft depending on certain protections, and at least one of them would be considered valuable to the Spurs.
Until the conversation about Leonard moves away from the Lakers, the Celtics do not seem to have much chance of bringing in the two-time Defensive of the Year, but they do have badets available if the Spurs want to hear more.
The Celtics may have a hard time keeping one of their most valuable pieces during the summer, as Marcus Smart is attracting interest from elsewhere.
In addition to the Celtics, Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix and Indiana compete for Smart's signature, according to Yahoo's Jordan Schultz:
Jordan Schultz @ Schultz_Report
According to the NBA source , the #Mavericks are candidates for #Celtics & RFA Marcus Smart, but "depends on the price".
Other contenders, by source,
includes the #Bulls, # Sun, #Pacers, #Mavericks and yes, Boston.
Smart, 24, averaged 10.2 points and reached 4.8 badists last season.
Boston can make a qualifying offer of about $ 6.1 million to Smart, by Jackie MacMullan of ESPN and can match any offer made from another team.
However, the price tag for Smart could be too much for the Celtics, since the 24-year-old earns franchise interests with more money to spend.
Smart could end up on another list for next season, or he could sign the Celtics qualifying offer and try to win more money as a free agent without restrictions next summer.
The decision on Smart could be reduced to something as simple as playing time, while Irving and Hayward return to the rotation and take a few minutes away from the valuable defender.
If he can not get the minutes he wants in the crowded rotation, Smart may be wise to move forward this summer when his shares are high, but the franchises mentioned in Schultz's report do not have as good a chance of winning. a championship like the Celtics.
Although Smart's decision could be difficult, Aron Baynes seems to have no problem returning to Boston.
Baynes is expected to return to the Celtics for the 2018-1919 season, by A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.
The 31-year-old from New Zealand became an integral part of the Celtics' list last season when injuries began to pile up.
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Baynes, who is an unrestricted free agent, earned a personal record of 18.3 minutes per game in his first season with the Celtics in which he averaged six points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
The center fills a need for the Celtics, who will need tire guards to deal with Joel Embiid in Philadelphia and Yannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee in the next few years.
By no means is Baynes the most important player on the Boston roster, but few stars under contract with the Celtics have the skill set of a true big man, which makes him a valuable part of the squad to stay .
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Statistics obtained from Basketball Reference.