The Celtics are part of the teams that have made a commercial offer for Kevin Durant, but their search for a talent upgrade may jeopardize the team’s chemistry. In a brief interview published by NBC Sports Boston, Jayson Tatum spoke about how long it took the team to come together last season and how fragile the chemistry was.
“Chemistry is half the battle” he said (video link). “You can have a big team with a lot of talent, and not necessarily good together. You saw, we figured that out in January and never looked back.
The Celtics struggled through the first half of last season, but dominated the second half en route to the NBA Finals. They were able to improve their roster so far this offseason by adding Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari without renouncing significant rotations of actors.
There’s more from Boston:
- Celtics must ‘be very careful’ with the idea that they are ready to trade Jaylen Brownsays ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on Brian Windhorst’s Hoop Collective (video link). Brown was the most valuable asset in Boston’s reported trade offer, which was declined by the Nets. MacMahon notes that Brown is underpaid for his production and that the size of his contract does not warrant an extension. MacMahon also warns that Brown will have “several interesting options” when he enters free agency in 2024.
- matt ryan is coming off a strong performance in the Summer League, but his options to make the roster are limited now that the Celtics have filled both slots, Mass Live’s Brian Robb writes in his latest column on mailbags. Ryan, who ended last season on a two-way deal, can hope for a Piece 10 contract, but Robb notes that he will be competing for spots with Brodric Thomas, justin jackson and whatever free agents the team added before the start of training camp.
- Like many teams, the Celtics are making slow progress in building their roster, Robb adds. Boston still has three spots open, and most of the remaining free agents in the market will likely sign veteran minimum contracts. Robb suggests Boston could keep a spot on the roster open after the cutback date in hopes of landing someone who gets waived by another team.