By: Jake Mackey
After three years of contemplation, I have finally made the right decision. I am on team long-term rebuild for the Celtics. Yes, I am a slight bandwagon as most Celtics fans are hopping on this train after getting shellacked in the Eastern Conference Finals by Cleveland. The Cavaliers stomped the Celtics and for three of the games it looked as if Isaiah Thomas was wrong when he said after game one that the Cavs weren’t the Monstars from Space Jam, because that is exactly what it looked like.
For the third-year in a row the Cavaliers and Warriors are squaring off in the NBA Finals. This season more than ever the disparity between the Cavs and Warriors and the rest of the league is quite obvious. That is why the Celtics need to realize that the Cavaliers, at least for the next two or three years, are not going anywhere.
Maybe if they win another title this season, egos might start to take control and players who want to get paid will depart this year or next, but it seems as if Lebron has a way of getting his guys to stay. Therefore, the Celtics need to hold onto the number one pick they have this year, the potential lottery pick they have next year, and young assets they have now such as Jaylen Brown.
Now I am not going to pretend like I was an avid watcher of Washington Huskies basketball this season, and I would suggest most Celtics fans admit to that as well, so I am not going to pretend like I ever saw Markelle Fultz film before last week. However, judging off of clips I have seen of him (granted they are highlight mixtapes) I am impressed. At 6-4, Fultz is larger for a point guard and plays like it. In addition, he has since the end of his season put on noticeable muscle.
Furthermore, with another Brooklyn coming next June the Celtics could finally get there big-man prospect they have been searching for since Al Jefferson was traded. The top three prospects are 6-10 SF Michael Porter, 7-0 C Mohammed Bamba, and 7-0 C DeAndre Ayton. You can be almost sure that they Celtics won’t be dealing that pick away unless Danny were to be wowed with a trade for a player like Anthony Davis.
The question now becomes what the Celtics do with Isaiah Thomas. Thomas is set to make 6.2 million next season and for an All-NBA player that is chump change. Some team will play him, whether or not that is the Celtics is another question. In my opinion, the Celtics could make things work with Isaiah at the two and Fultz at the one. Whether or not Brad Stevens would want to do that with the defensive liability Isaiah brings to the court is another question. While building with young guys they will have the cap room to sign Isaiah to a max contract and be competitive while still building. I have seen enough from Isaiah to be sold on giving him a deal over somebody like Gordon Hayward.