Even with the loss of Danilo Gallinari, who is likely to be knocked out for the season by an AFC Champions League rupture, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving bringing him back to Brooklyn, and Chris Middleton’s return to Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo winger, SI Sportsbook considers the Celtics to be the betting favorite. To win the 2022-23 NBA title.
That’s the result of Boston taking Malcolm Brugdon, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds last season, and lost none of the key pillars of his playoff session. There’s also projected growth for Jayson Tatum, who earned All-NBA First Team awards. Jaylen Brown gets into his head and has the added motivation of hearing his name in the trade rumors again and the chance to qualify for a supermax extension. Robert Williams, who made the NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team, is looking to build the most impactful season of his career.
While discussing last season’s access to the NBA Finals and assessing how his team has stacked up this season, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck expressed the following to Adam Heimsbach of the Boston Globe.
“I really loved being part of the Celtics throughout that tour. I loved being there with them. It was exciting. The other side of the coin is that I think now we overestimated.”
“When you look back, the Brooklyn streak was tough, then we had to go seven games [against the Bucks and Heat]. Then we lost [to Golden State]. Therefore, we are not a practical team to repeat as champions of the East,” Grosbeek explained.
In his view, “There are probably five or six teams that you could say are rivals, and I definitely think we’re on that list…but I’d caution against overconfidence. And to anyone who asks me what I think about the team, I’d say I don’t want to overstate.” Our appreciation.”
And with his team establishing themselves as a championship contender, Grosbeek’s message to the head of basketball’s operations, Brad Stevens, is clear.
“Do whatever it takes to get better, because we weren’t good enough. So do whatever it takes to get better. And he boiled the ocean. He did everything he could to make us better.”
Boston already expects to have one of the most expensive payrolls in the NBA this season. The Celtics List currently costs about $170.1 million and comes with a luxury tax bill of $45.2 million, resulting in a total payment of $215.3 million. They must sign at least other players to full-time contracts. Doing so would raise the luxury tax payment to at least $59 million. As a result, their total expenses will exceed $230 million this season.
But with a chance at the Larry O’Brien Trophy, Grousbeck’s Stevens told Stevens he “has the green light to spend more.”
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He also conveyed what Boston’s gambit underpinned in this off-season: “Money is never a consideration, and this list shows it.”
The Celtics have captured all 20 of their off-season rosters, which makes signing a veteran like Carmelo Anthony or LaMarcus Aldridge unlikely, at least before the start of the season. But Boston has a few commercial exceptions that could come in handy, including TPEs of $6.9 million (Juancho Hernangomez) and $5.9 million (Dennis Schroder).
It’s also a formality for Celtics to receive an exception for a disabled player as Gallinari is likely to miss the 2022-23 campaign. That would equal DPE half of his salary, worth about $3.3 million.
These tools support Boston’s options when considering overseas promotions to help them claim their 18th mark this season.
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