The Boston Celtics came into the 2021-22 NBA season with a newfound sense of optimism.
Former head coach Brad Stevens, who players had completely tuned out, failed upwards into a promotion. Hired in his place was Ime Udoka, who arrived with a lot of hype. The exit of Danny Ainge and all the craziness that came with him was seen as a healing moment.
The pieces were all there for a good year.
Unfortunately, it just hasn’t materialized for the Celtics. They are 13-14 through 27 games and sit 10th in the Eastern Conference. The fact that a lot of players on the team seem to hate each other doesn’t help. (They really seem to hate each other.)
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, changes are on the horizon for Boston.
The Suns took care of the Celtics last night, sending them to a 13-14 record.
@JakeLFischer tells @BGeltzNBA and @SamMitchellNBA why he thinks some big roster changes could be on the way in Boston. pic.twitter.com/uY2usjgT7K
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) December 11, 2021
“I think this is definitely the beginning of the end for the Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown pairing,” he said.
“I don’t know if that will get broken up this season. But I think sometime in the next 12-18 months we’re really going start to hear about to hear the conversations about the future of Boston with Jaylen Brown heading out the door.”
Impressive stuff. https://t.co/p5mNh0dB7Y
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 12, 2021
This obviously isn’t the first time the Celtics have internally discussed blowing up their squad. Last time, it didn’t really happen. This time feels different, though.
Clearly this group, as presently constructed, cannot be a legitimate championship contender. And if that’s the case, moving on as quickly as possible makes a whole lot of sense.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.