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To rebut one of the comments below, it’s not necessarily true that the C’s haveto lose Rozier, Smart or Crowder, as they might be able to swing all three with some financial shenanigans. (Although Rozier isn’t relevant — the real danger is having to lose one of BRADLEY, Smart or Crowder). I like Olynyk and think he has room to develop (7 footers take a long time to reach their peaks) but he’s not essential to the C’s future success (it’s barely possible that he comes back as well).

If anyone complains that the C’s didn’t do enough to make them elite — well, they’re now without a doubt the second best team in the East, with two young stars-in-the-making on rookie contracts. They can now switch competitively on almost team, have the best perimeter defense in the league (one that has given GS plenty of trouble) and have another scorer who can find his own shot — good luck to teams that try to collapse on IT and dare somebody else to score. Hayward just had his best season at 27 and now, with a coach renowned for player development, he may well have even better seasons ahead of him.

Anyone who says the C’s should have gone ‘all in’ is, I assume, implying big overpays for a PG rental or Butler. It’s pretty clear now that Indiana and Chicago wanted ridiculous returns from the Cs for those players. Ainge did the right thing by not sabotaging the long-term for slightly better odds for driving into the wall that is GS. The C’s do have big decisions to make next season with AB and IT but player development will dictate how they move in that regard. They’re also loaded with more assets than anyone if some desperate team decides to blow things up (I’m looking at you, Pelicans).

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