A week ago, Ime Udoka explained that it was essential for the Celtics to strengthen their bench, failing during the Finals against the Warriors. The profile expected by the coach? “Constant scoring. »
Brad Stevens got to work, made a few phone calls, and eventually dispatched Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, and Juwan Morgan, plus a 2023 Draft first round, against Malcolm Brogdon.
A perfect grip on paper, which corresponds perfectly to the expectations of the Celtic trainer. The former Rookie Of The Year has averaged 18 points per game over the past four seasons.
“In the past few days, I had heard of the interest from Boston”he says, for The Athletic, a few hours after the announcement of the transfer. “But you never know how things turn out. You have to let your agent and the teams work. The Pacers were great at facilitating the transfer and sending me to where I could win. I am very grateful for that. »
Difficult, indeed, to make a better destination for the playmaker. The latter leaves a formation in reconstruction for the finalists in title.
» I am impatient. We have an opportunity to win the title, so I’m excited to be part of the family. I want to play the title. In the past, I thought about my stats and such. There, I’m going to Boston and I don’t think about it anymore. There are “winners” there. I hope to bring my presence, my calm, make things easier and offer good shots to Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. I hope to be one of the pieces that can help overcome the obstacle and win the title. »