The Boston Celtics need to take a deep look into the mirror and consider all their options ahead of this crucial offseason.
On the one hand, they can continue to do what hasn’t worked and keep Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum together.
On the other hand, they can break up that young, All-NBA-caliber duo and take a chance with another All-Star.
With that in mind, Stephen A. Smith firmly believes they should do the latter, as he recently claimed they should go all-in to acquire Damian Lillard.
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Smith pointed out the fact that even though Brown is obviously younger than Lillard, Dame is a bonafide closer and a true point guard, which are two things that the Celtics have clearly lacked for years now.
Moreover, he believes that Brown isn’t worthy of the $295 million, five-year supermax contract extension he’s eligible to sign, not because he’s not a rising star in this league, but because that kind of money should be exclusively for a franchise player, which he is not.
Smith cites that Brown may never be able to fully embrace that 1B or sidekick role in Boston, so they shouldn’t commit that kind of generational money.
This is obviously far-fetched, but it actually makes kind of sense for the Blazers.
They’d get a franchise player tied for the long run alongside Anfernee Simons and the No. 3 pick, not to mention the fact that they wouldn’t be fully rebuilding, so maybe they should actually consider this.NEXT: Skip Bayless Reacts To Celtics' Game 7 Loss To Heat