We had a couple of days off from the podcast but that doesn't mean we weren't going to talk about the three teams we discussed at the end of this week in our offseason reports. The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and Philadelphia 76ers all had big offseasons in their own right, so we decided to split up each team into its own episode and post all three episodes in this post. I'm joined by Matt Moore for all three team discussions.
With the Boston Celtics, the question becomes just how well did they start their rebuilding/reloading process this offseason. They traded away Doc Rivers when he had three years left on his contract, they traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets, and they didn't quite slash enough talent off the roster. Are they doing this process the right way? Should they trade away Rajon Rondo? Is it smart to try to win as many games as possible in the 2013-14 season?
The Toronto Raptors have different goals this coming season. They're in prime position to use the momentum they got after the Rudy Gay trade last season, when they went 18-18 after the deal, and take advantage of "tanking" teams to find their way to the playoffs this year. Masai Ujiri taking over the direction of the team was the major move of the offseason for them, so now whom should he trade? Kyle Lowry? DeMar DeRozan? Amir Johnson? Rudy Gay?
The Philadelphia 76ers are being very transparent about this "rebuilding" process and didn't even hire a coach until recently. They've gutted the team by getting rid of Jrue Holiday and not even considering the re-signing of Andrew Bynum. They can get even worse as they battle for ping pong balls if they trade away Thaddeus Young. Are they going about this the right way? Will they win double-digit games? Is Sam Hinkie the right man for the job?
We discuss all of this, plus summer league excellence, criteria for being a gunner in the NBA, and possible trade scenarios for various teams.