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Brad Stevens wants "good shots", less "stagnancy", good fits with Jay Team

 Brad Stevens has been a rather-quiet President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics this past season, but in a recent interview he hinted at some changes fans may expect this coming season:

(Brad Stevens): “I think you always have to look for people that fit well with your best players, that accentuate your best players, and then put that team and that group together,”

Obviously, Boston's best players are Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and we can probably add Marcus Smart to that short list. Derrick White has proven to be a solid addition and fits in well. And Rob Williams stayed fairly healthy once he returned to action this past season, so expect to see all five players go the full season in Beantown.

The above tweet gives us another clue. "We couldn't get up the floor fast". "Led to their (Celtics) stagnancy". Expect a faster pace from The Green next season. And expect less "stagnation". That means less standing-in-the-corners, launching contested 3-pointers and failing to sprint back down court after the misses. Stevens has not publically criticized Joe Mazzulla's 3-point barrages, but he did say the team needs to take "good shots", which assuredly includes uncontested treys.

And that brings us back to Jaylen Brown who has been criticized for forcing his offense and not always playing dedicated defense. Stevens has assured fans that Brown is a vital part of the Celtics future, but I feel that statement has a few asterisks attached to it. 

How about Grant Williams, Malcolm Brogdon, Al Horford and Payton Pritchard? Grant is a good fit, and money will decide his landing spot. Pritchard is almost-assuredly a trade candidate. Horford's game has faded a bit with age, but he remains a significant cog in the wheel. Brogdon? The Sixth-Man-of-the-Year could end up going elsewhere via trade depending on how negotiations go with Grant and Jaylen. Stay with us!


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