Celtics Amongst Teams Under Pressure After Dollars’ Big Trade Night
Getty Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) and the Bucks should be a harder challenge now for Daniel Theis (best) and the Celtics.
For the Bucks, Monday was a night for power relocations, transactions that could extremely well seal their position at the top of the Eastern Conference for many years to come– if, that is, they get a particular MVP’s signature on a supermax agreement. Milwaukee came away with 2 trade-market rewards, generating Jrue Vacation from the Pelicans and Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Kings, remaking their backcourt and reasserting themselves as the team to beat in the East and perhaps even the team to beat in the NBA overall.
Putting those 2 gamers in a lineup with Giannis Antetokounmpo, without losing forward Khris Middleton or center Brook Lopez, might extremely well deal a various kind of blow to teams like the Lakers and the Miami Heat since those relocations ought to suffice to convince Antetokounmpo to remain in Milwaukee on a supermax agreement, preventing plans of teams that had actually been taking aim at Antetokounmpo on the 2021 free-agent market.
That was quite on the Lakers’ backburner. Exact same with the Heat, the group that walloped the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals and the Lakers’ opponent in the NBA Finals. Antetokounmpo might soon be concluded with a new deal to remain in Milwaukee, removing him from future free-agent estimations.
On the floor, the relocations by Milwaukee put immediate pressure on 2 groups that have stayed at the leading edge of the league’s report mill: the Celtics in the East and the Lakers in the West.
Over the previous month, Boston has actually been linked to a long list of NBA centers, varying from the mild (previous Celtics center Aron Baynes) to the sensible (Myles Turner of the Pacers) to the unlikely (Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert, Cleveland’s Andre Drummond).
The Celtics, though, have limited choices this offseason up until they understand what forward Gordon Hayward intends to do. He has until Tuesday afternoon to opt in or out of the last year (and $34 million) of his agreement. If he pulls out, he is a totally free representative. If he opts in, he will stay and is qualified to be traded.
A situation in which Hayward opts in and is dealt to his hometown Pacers for Turner remains the most likely scenario for the Celtics, if any significant offer is to come down. Boston does own 3 picks in Wednesday’s NBA draft, No. 14, 26 and 30, and might be aiming to cut an offer on draft day.
The Lakers, too, ought to feel some heat from the Bucks’ special day.
The expected match with Milwaukee in the NBA Finals did not come to fulfillment in 2015 since of the Heat’s upset of the East favorites, the fourth straight year the Bucks have been in the postseason and walked away disappointed. Milwaukee won a league-best 56 video games and was the top general seed last season.
However 2 powerlessness for Milwaukee were Eric Bledsoe at point player and Wesley Matthews at shooting guard. The Holiday-Bogdanovic combo is a major upgrade, two flexible players who can manage the ball, shoot and protect.
The Lakers pulled off the first major transaction of the offseason on Sunday, concurring to a trade that would send out away Danny Green to Oklahoma City, with the team’s draft choice, for Thunder supersub guard Dennis Schroder.
That addressed a need for L.A. as it looks for to defend its championship. However it does not match Milwaukee’s huge relocations.
In the end, the Bucks still will have much to prove in the postseason. Coach Mike Budholzer took heavy criticism last year (and the previous year) for being inflexible with his lineups and slow to make modifications in the playoffs. That issue will come under more scrutiny needs to the Bucks end up being the powerhouse they now seem.
Still, in the proposed deal for Holiday (which can end up being official at the end of the week), Milwaukee quit just Bledsoe and George Hill, plus a significant haul of three first-round draft choices. The Bucks lost only Donte DiVincenzo, plus back-of-the-rotation players Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson for Bogdanovic.
It was a good night for Milwaukee, specifically if a brand-new contract with Antetokounmpo follows shortly afterwards, as expected. However in other areas– Boston and L.A. particularly– the pressure is on.