The Boston Celtics would be the league’s busiest staff this offseason, making myriad personnel selections—from the entrance workplace to the roster—that can decide whether or not the storied franchise has yet one more underwhelming season.
First it was supplanting former president of basketball operations Danny Ainge with Brad Stevens after the former stepped down in June. Stevens would then rent 43-year-old former NBA ahead Ime Udoka to succeed him as head coach.
Quickly thereafter, the choice was made to commerce All-Star level guard Kemba Walker and the sixteenth total choose within the 2021 NBA Draft to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in exchange for big men Al Horford and Moses Brown.
After an uneventful draft night time that noticed them make just one choice (forty fifth total choose Juhann Begarin), Boston’s efforts to proper the ship continued on Friday as they shipped out veteran heart Tristan Thompson in a three-team trade that resulted of their acquisitions of level guard Kris Dunn and forward-center Bruno Fernando (along with a 2023 second-round choose and $9.2 million trade exception).
Following the transfer, the Celtics acquired capturing guard Josh Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
Richardson, 28-years-old, was as soon as considered one of many league’s higher 3-and-D wings however has been off of his sport throughout his stints with the Mavs and Philadelphia 76ers.
That mentioned, Richardson nonetheless is a constant tertiary scorer who put up 12.1 factors per sport final season whereas enjoying high-level protection because of his mixture of athleticism, versatility, gritty play and instincts.
His addition to the Celtics underscores the staff’s need to enhance defensively over the offseason after falling out of the top-10 in each defensive ranking and opponent’s factors per sport for the primary time since 2016-17, a major motive why Boston recorded the second-fewest wins (36) of Stevens’ teaching tenure within the 2020-21 season.
[Editor update: The Celtics have traded center Moses Brown to the Mavericks to complete the deal for Richardson, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.]