The Boston Celtics are currently sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference, which in comparison to expectations at the beginning of the season has been nothing short of disappointing. At the end of the NBA trade deadline, every other team sitting above Boston have made efforts to improve, but the Celtics find themselves all the same. The Celtics finally have Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on the floor, but this team still can’t seem to find their rhythm. Without Irving, the Celtics seem to become almost another team entirely, which poses a question. Should the Celtics be inclined to keep Irving or trade their superstar for future assets to pair alongside Jayson Tatum?
Although Irving is having a career season, Boston seems to fall apart because of chemistry issues between players. Irving is a pure scorer and can score if needed, but when Irving does get it going, everyone else on the team has a tendency to watch Irving go to work. Simply moving the ball around can get more players involved and improve the team’s chemistry. This team has accomplished exactly this without Irving on the court and this mentality has transpired into wins for Boston. Do they absolutely need Irving? No, and they can surely get their money’s worth for him if they want to build a franchise to compete in the future.
Don’t Trade Irving
In keeping Irving, the Celtics would be poised more battle-ready come playoff time. Mr. Fourth Quarter can kick it into overdrive late into games and carry this team to wins. If the organization through Brad Stevens facilities Irving’s role properly and address key issues in their inconsistent offense than this team can go far in the playoffs. However, every team has improved by the NBA trade deadline and yet, this team has stayed stagnant. This will surely come to hurt the Celtics come playoff time if they have to face the Philadelphia 76ers who have added Tobias Harris. Irving can only hero ball this team so much and as they face inconsistent play from Jason Tatum and Gordon Hayward, they may find themselves a first-round exit if they don’t address these issues.
YES, the Celtics have always maintained a mindset to win almost every trade they are associated with, which would help in trading Irving away. Although the direction they initially had in mind with Irving seemed promising, that same perspective does not seem to hold with only twenty-five games left in the season. Face it, the Celtics would be better suited to trade Irving away for first-round picks along with a star player from another organization. This team looks better without Irving and they do not currently have the necessary pieces to bid for an NBA championship. Thus, trading Irving away will secure them a chance to build a dynasty with the pieces they would get in return.