Warriors and Celtics May Expect Changes in NBA Offseason

BOSTON. Who knows if that will happen, but the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors will be good enough to return to the NBA Finals next season.

In any case, they will have an impact on the standings of the Eastern and Western conferences.

But don’t expect either team to maintain the status quo.

The Celtics are in need of internal and external improvements, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers has shown a penchant for roster changes.

The way both conferences are getting deeper and tougher, especially in the West, is not given back to the final. The last team to make consecutive Finals appearances was Golden State in 2018 and 2019.

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Celtics forward Jason Tatum and Warriors defenseman Stephen Curry led their teams to the 2022 NBA Finals, with Curry and Golden State leading in six games.

Celtics forward Jason Tatum and Warriors defenseman Stephen Curry led their teams to the 2022 NBA Finals, with Curry and Golden State leading in six games.

Celtics looking for consistency

Next season, the East should once again take the lead along with Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Miami. The Celtics should be here. They are in good shape with players, salary, coaching staff, front office and resources.

Basketball president Brad Stevens and coach Ime Udoka proved to be more than capable. in his first season in his new roles. Stevens hired Udoka, traded for Al Horford in the off-season, and traded for Derrick White at the February deadline.

Former Boston basketball team president Danny Ainge played a significant role in building the team, but Stevens is responsible for player development during his time as coach (Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Grant Williams, and Robert Williams). He has an influential imprint.

So what’s next for Boston? What takes the Celtics to the next level?

More than any major roster change, the Celtics need consistency. There were a lot of upsides to their offense and too many downsides against Golden State. Part of this can be fixed by improving the players already included in the squad.

Some things come with age and experience. Tatum and Brown have entered the part of their careers where this discrepancy (in the name of turnover) must dissipate. Solving defensive puzzles and making decisions in the next season will be easier.

The Celtics have no major contract issues. All key players (Tatum, Brown, Smart, Horford, White, Robert Williams, Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard) have contracts for next season. But Brown could sign an extension, which is an interesting point about the Boston salary cap.

They are expected to exceed the wealth tax threshold next season, limiting their options in free agency. However, Boston can spend $6.3 million with the mid-tier taxpayer exemption, and it has three important trade exemptions: $17.1 million, $9.7 million, and $6.9 million. The first two expire in July, but give the Celtics an opportunity to acquire a quality player.

Adding 3-point shooting and perimeter defense will help guards and flankers. The Celtics, who don’t have a first-round draft pick on Thursday, had the No. 1 defense and have Defensive Player of the Year in Marcus Smart. Tatum and Brown are solid defenders, while Horford and Robert Williams are quality rim guards. Grant Williams has defensive versatility. Giving Udoka more depth/opportunity to work with will help.

The fight will cost the Warriors

Core Warriors Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins will return next season for $148 million. The Warriors have already passed the luxury tax threshold next season and have several decisions to make as free agents.

Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr., Gary Payton II, Nemanja Belica and Andrew Iguodala are among the Warriors’ few free agents. The Warriors are also enjoying a $6.3 million mid-tier taxpayer credit for next season.

The Golden State owner has shown a willingness to pay the luxury tax as long as he has a championship-level team. How much wealth tax are Joe Lacob and Peter Guber willing to pay? It could be almost $100 million in addition to wages. Championships can be expensive and ultimately worth it.

The Warriors are the 28th overall pick and have a good front office, even with lower picks (Draymond Green at 35th overall, Jordan Poole at 28th overall). The Warriors are also expected to have a healthy James Wiseman next season. The center was selected with the second overall pick in the 2020 draft but only played 39 games, all in his rookie season. Golden State also expects forward Jonathan Cuminga, the seventh pick in 2021, to expand his game.

Regardless of what their rosters look like, the Warriors and Celtics have enough key players coming back to remain rivals.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics clash in offseason

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