The good news for fans and the franchise is with six first round picks over the next three years and plenty of money to work with under the salary cap this summer, this squad is primed to take that next step if they make the right moves over the summer.
After winning 40 games with a young squad and a few distractions this past season, expectations are about to get higher and a few basketball experts are already predicting big things in ‘Bean Town’.
The biggest rumors surrounding the organization are all about the money and how the front office plans to use the $25 million they have to spend. Reports from several sources have Greg Monroe as the top free agent target and a closer look at the roster has this move making sense.
Detroit has looked to trade their former first round pick for the past two years and that alone should tell the youngster he will play elsewhere next season. The 6’11” center turns 25 next week and has the skills at both ends of the court to dominate at times, but the Pistons already have a young center in Andre Drummond and could use their money to help other areas of need, making it unlikely they will resign the soon-to-be free agent.
Boston has decent depth in the front court, but lack a true NBA big man, but adding a young star like Monroe would not only help with depth on the roster, but it would give the Boston Celtics the player they need to take that next step and challenge the likes of Cleveland and Atlanta for the top spot in the Eastern Conference in 2015-16.