As Jrue Holiday was just traded to the Celtics, Boston’s front office should’ve given the LA Clippers a call on their opinion. In the past, LA has made similar moves in acquiring older veterans with hopes of winning a championship. As a result, these players do not make much of an impact, causing the team to fall back from their true potential.
Furthermore, the Celtics traded away Robert Williams, an elite rim protector, and Malcolm Brogdon, who just won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award. Not to mention, they gave up two first-round picks, which moves them backward in terms of their future after championship contention.
Sure, Boston received Holiday, a stud on both ends of the court, but their front office is far too reliant on their veterans to carry them to a championship. This ties into the LA Clippers as they traded away a plethora of first-round picks and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for a 29-year-old Paul George. Granted, George was coming off the best season of his career, but the principle remains the same.
Injuries stood in the way of the LA Clippers, and they could do the same for the Boston Celtics.
Each year since the NBA Bubble, injuries have held the LA Clippers back from their goal of winning a championship. This could pan out similarly for the Celtics if they do not add depth to the center position.
As of right now, Boston is hoping that Kristaps Porzingus remains healthy throughout the year. This is not the smartest move, as he has a prominent injury history, especially within the last couple of seasons.
Moreover, this is the same mistake the Clippers made in their momentous 2021 Western Conference Finals run. They relied on Kawhi Leonard’s health a little too much, causing them to miss out on a chance to reach the NBA Finals.
Although the context may be different, both teams made similar trades. On that note, Boston should look deeply at the Clippers’ history and make moves accordingly. This could be a small gesture that saves them hefty amounts of trouble once the postseason turns the corner.