You have been incessant in your view that the Celtics go nowhere in the post season if they don't get a big to deal with Giannis, the Lopez brothers, Embiid, Anthony Davis and other bigs and you think the best solution is getting Jakob Poeltl?
Sure was hoping Kanter was going to be the rebounder. Apparently not. They need a guy. Once the big 5 is together I really think all scoring is taken care of. I really think those 5 can average 85-90 points. After that little scoring is needed as they will play at least 2 of those 5 all game. POst D and rebounding is the biggest weakness.
Kanter has been excellent rebounding. He just doesn't get many minutes because he's so bad defensively.
Adding another big at almost any cost as some want to do might seem ideal in some regards, but not if it costs one of our key players. We are one of if not the only team in the league that can get a mismatch almost constantly. We would lose a lot of that by trading, say, Hayward. And just like that what makes this team unique and difficult to defend would be gone.
Hayward will not be going anywhere any time soon.
A small move like getting a guy like Poeltl is the best solution.
Jakob Poeltl? A guy who is about a 6 point, 6 rebound bench player that can't get more than 18 MPG on a bad San Antonio club? He is your best solution for slowing down Giannis, Embiid and other dominant bigs and keeping them off the offensive boards?
That's if the Celts just want a slight upgrade.
Going from Poirier to Poeltl is an upgrade.
If the Celts want a bigger move, Tristan Thompson is someone the Celts can afford.
But it would cost the Celts some of the young players, like maybe Grant Williams or Carsen.
The ceiling is around 18-19m of salary the Celts can afford without giving up Tatum, Kemba, Hayward, Brown, and Smart.
I watched the Raptors vs. Bucks series last season.
Giannis couldn't get as many dunks like what he got against Horford and the Celts, in the 2nd round.
Marc Gasol is hard to dunk against.
Gasol didn't even have to jump, he just raised his arms.
There will be teams that the Celts can get away with playing small ball.
But not against the Bucks.
Also, what if the Celts face the Lakers in the Finals, who defends Anthony Davis in the series?
I think the Celts need to do something on or before the trade deadline.
Not doing anything to improve this team heading into the playoffs will be a mistake.