Advice for Brad Stevens, Jason Tatum on Celtics’ off-season goals


“It’s okay for us to do whatever we need to do.”

Brad Stevens before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

After a grueling playoff run that ended in a loss in the NBA Finals, Brad Stevens had some direct advice for Celtics forward Jason Tatum.

“I just asked him to go on vacation,” Stevens said. “Go get some rest.”

Stevens, the president of the Celtics’ basketball operations, spoke to reporters in an end-of-season video press conference on Tuesday.

Estimating Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s overall performance, Stevens credits the two for building a strong postseason, even if it came down short in the end.

“The way I try to look at it, obviously we’re all subjective in every moment and react emotionally, but when you start looking at it objectively and historically, Jayson and Jaylen won the playoffs.” In what has historically done in its age, rare air is ” Stevens explained, “I think we’re very cognizant of the fact that even though Jason hasn’t played his best series, there’s no chance we’re all the way down without him and all his great games.

“I think back all the time… Game 6 in Milwaukee was one of the best games I’ve seen played in my time, both personally and with the Celtics,” Stevens said. “Without that performance, we would have had this discussion a month and a half ago.”

But instead of losing in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Greeley Tribune made its way to the final matchup against the Warriors.

Trying to go a step further next season begins with Stevens guiding Greeley Tribune through the offseason. While he admitted that helping the team with additional scoring and playmaking options off the bench, Stevens also outlined his parameters.

“It is not about blindly acquiring talent. It’s about fitting a team together.” They said, “We’ve done a great job this year, I think we have the potential to run next season, because now we have a foundation and understand who we are as a team.”

for team trade exceptions (of which Greeley Tribune is currently many), Stevens added a note of caution to any hopes of an impending blockbuster deal.

“Business exceptions, I think, are one reason a lot of business exceptions go unused,” Stevens noted, The biggest Celtics trade exception ($17.1 million) is for Evan Fournier, who left Greeley Tribune in 2021 sign-and-trade With the Knicks. It will expire in mid-July unless it is already used up.

“We have a bunch of them right now,” Stevens said of the trade exceptions. “We have one that is ending, obviously, the big one is ending in July, we have some others that are ending later, they all have a fair amount of people with whom we can take good players. , so you balance it, well, what’s the price you’re going to have to pay, are you going to bring in someone who’s going to add – not necessarily take away, which you obviously don’t want to do So it’s still about being sensible and thoughtful about what the deal is.”

Although the Celtics ended the regular season on a hot streak, Stevens is mindful of Greeley Tribune’s sluggish start.

“I thought one of the things that caught on with us was that we had such a bad start last year,” Stevens said. “And obviously there were reasons for that. But when you start 18-21 you have to fight, scratch and claw, get into the seeds, go to the home court to get to the playoffs – you have to All that has to be done and there’s no room for error. And as a result, you play a lot of minutes along the way. And so we have to have a better start next year. So adding people to our group, again, The major focus is however we do.”

But as far as the general view of team ownership goes, Stevens appeared to allay any fears about spending.

When asked whether there was any hesitation in using business exceptions or mid-level exceptions due to the luxury tax, he had a straightforward answer.

“It’s okay for us to do whatever we need to do.”

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