There’s a lot that could be completely false here but there’s one thing that’s undeniable…..
The last 4 marquee players the Celtics have lured to Boston:
Al Horford: opted out of his contract to sign with a division rival.
Gordon Hayward: often injured, rumors his family hated Boston, wanted to leave, unhappiness with his role
Kyrie: I really don’t need to write anything here.
Kemba Walker: reportedly disgruntled and traded before his contract was up.
The fact was Al Horfords situation was head and shoulders above all else here is cringe worthy
…….not a great platform to leap off of when pitching to future free agents
What’s the problem with the Horford situation? Did it end acrimoniously? I thought he chased the money, and it’s clear it wasn’t a good deal for either side (sounds as if Anna Horford hated everything about Philly).
The Hayward one was weird. The rest doesn’t surprise me, especially if the reports are even remotely true about how poorly Kemba took his rehab.
I think we are overlooking the ascension of Tatum/Brown. You can’t pay EVERYBODY. Obviously they couldn’t have signed all of Horford/Irving/Kemba, but I don’t think they could have kept Kyrie (even if he wanted to stay) AND Horford AND Hayward AND extend Brown & Tatum.
Perhaps I’m having selective memory here, I certainly could be.
Yes Al chased the money. It’s the way he left is what I felt rubbed people the wrong way. If I remember correctly he negotiated this deal with Philly before free agency began, and basically blind sided us with it, leaving us little to no time to react.
Again, my memory could be over exaggerating the truth, but I just remember when Al initially opted out of his deal, most people were expecting him to want to stay and sign a more team friendly deal for more years and stay.
No it’s not awful. The point is though, from an outsiders perspective, it can appear that all four of those guys came here and then got the hell out at first opportunity