Although the Boston Celtics lost Danilo Gallinari for the entire season, it doesn’t mean that the season is over. In fact, it hasn’t even started yet. There’s no need for the Celtics to panic or rush into signing a replacement for Gallinari.
Brad Stevens has done an excellent job retooling the roster and adding necessary pieces at the right time- a perfect example is acquiring Derrick White at the trade deadline last year. And he went on to play an important role in getting to the Finals last season.
Everything Stevens does is methodically calculated and takes time to come to fruition. And that’s fine. It makes the most sense to see how this team looks as it’s currently built. Not to mention the addition of Malcolm Brogdon is the one that matters most for the Celtics.
So I’m here to tell everyone to R-E-L-A-X in the same way Aaron Rodgers did in 2021 when things didn’t look too good for the Packers and they went on to produce a 14-4 record, losing in the Divisional round.
Relax. There’s no need to panic. The team we have is already better with Brogdon who can theoretically play 1-4 in Boston. His presence and versatility alone gives the Celtics many lineup options and variability throughout.
This also allows the homegrown talent Boston has in Grant Williams, Sam Hauser, and Luke Kornet to get more opportunities, which Stevens is confident with to start the season.
There might be another move for Stevens to make to propel the Celtics over the hump, however it’s far too early to be panicking to add pieces to fill the void of Gallinari.
Stevens needs time to reevaluate the team during the season before he makes an addition. For all we know, the Celtics could run the table similar to the Aaron Rodgers-Relaxing Packers we talked about earlier.
There’s no need to add Carmelo Anthony or LaMarcus Aldridge. Let’s just wait.
All in all, there’s no need to rush into anything before the season starts. There’s plenty of time and assets to make a move further down the road, not to mention a possible better opportunity.
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