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Celtics path forward: (A) Beal? (B) Brown supermax or (C) trade to Portland?

 Let's get the Bradley Beal-to-Boston out of the way. The Wizards' guard is owed an average of roughly $52 million per year for the next four seasons - the last one being a player option. Sending Jaylen Brown or other players to Washington and taking on that kind of money is exactly what the Celtics don't want. Beal could end up in Boston with his long-time pal, Jayson Tatum, but the oft-injured Beal would have to arrive via some other path.

Now to Brown's potential supermax deal. Should Brad Stevens go with that option, at best, that would reduce the team's wiggle room to roster an effective supporting cast. At it's worst, that move might cripple Boston's ability to remain truly competitive in it's quest for Banner 18.

Now I present Option C. The NBA draft is one week away, and Stevens needs to consider sending Jaylen Brown to Portland for Anfernee Simons and the third-overall pick in the draft. Portland would have to send another player over to make the money work.

This would not be one of the "tweaks" to the roster that Brad Stevens talked about. It is a major move, but I feel it is a good one. The Celtics have been competitively banner-bound for years but can not make that final push to win a Championship. They dug a major hole for themselved this past post-season, losing their first three games to Miami in the Eastern Finals - while having home court advantage. 

It took a severe repremand from owner, Wic Grousbeck, to get them motivated enough to win the next three contests - and then fell apart in Game-7. The issue was not failing to win the series - but rather "HOW" the series was lost. It never should have happened. 

I have broached that fans are at the top of the pro basketball hierarchy, and I am a long-term fan of the NBA, and Boston Celtics. Simons can fill some of the void left by Brown's departure, and Boston having the third pick in this draft would be exciting. Brandon Miller could be available at Number-3, and the 6'9" wing could develop into a starter at the SG or SF position. Although a private investigation into a gun-related incident involving Miller would be in order prior to the draft - even though law enforcement found him blameless.

So that's it, folks. Plan C would keep the Celtics Title window open for at least several years - with the ability to keep buuilding around Jayson Tatum. Who says "No"?


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