Bean: Bring on LeBron's next super team

Bean: Bring on LeBron's next super team

The NBA is becoming a league of super teams. 

It's a term that's become derogatory over the years, as if loading up a roster with multiple stars, as either orchestrated by an executive or the players themselves, is somehow a bad thing. There are five guys on the court at a time. If three or four of those guys for your team are star players, you're probably going to win. That's generally the goal.

One already exists with the Warriors. If they stand pat, the Celtics would be one next season; you can't tell me Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum aren't stars, especially with Al Horford and Jaylen Brown playing with them. 

Another's set to be built somewhere thanks to LeBron James. Unless he does something insane and either joins the Warriors or comes to the Celtics (it's hilarious how seriously that tiny possibility has been taken locally), other stars will follow him. Paul George has long been rumored as a potential LeBron teammate should he go to the Lakers. This week, the possibility of a LeBron-George-Kawhi Leonard trio has been the popular rumor. 

Now that word has emerged that Kawhi wants out of San Antonio (who could have guessed that?), the possibility of that Lakers super team is even more plausible. Sure, the Lakers might not have much that the Spurs would necessarily covet, but if interested teams feel that he might bolt for the Lakers as a free agent next summer anyway, perhaps the offers of teams like the Celtics might not be that strong. That would certainly help the Lakers' chances of landing the player. 

Should that happen and LeBron and George were to also end up with the Lakers, that team would be scary. Just that aforementioned trio would be better than what LeBron had with Irving and Kevin Love when they won a title back in 2016. 

Honestly, as a Celtics fan, I'm cool with it as long as the C's don't do anything to make themselves worse this offseason. 

Why? Because it would mean that new super team is in the West. The East, which would be without LeBron in such a scenario, would be the Celtics and nobody else. The only way the Sixers become peers of the Celtics is if they can get LeBron. Otherwise, they're a good team in a conference with only one great team. 

This isn't to advocate for an Eastern Conference completely devoid of competition. In a perfect world, LeBron would stay with the Cavaliers, Cleveland would try to trade what little assets it has (the No. 8 pick, perhaps Kevin Love) for help and we'd still see some great Celtics-LeBron series. 

Nobody seems to think that's happening, though, and with each passing day, it sounds more and more like he'll end up in Los Angeles. 

That Lakers team would presumably have to duke it out with some great teams out West. In order to even reach the NBA Finals, they would need to play at least one of the Warriors and Rockets. The Celtics would be arguably as good as any of those teams, and by the time whichever one of them reaches battles its way to the finals, the Celtics will have presumably had a comfortable postseason of short series. 

Plus, and this really hinges on Irving re-signing, such a layout would not interfere with a potential post-Warriors era of dominance for the Celtics. If and when the money for all of those stars in Golden State no longer fits in a few years, LeBron could at the very least be a declining player. Same for Chris Paul, who's the same age as LeBron (33). 

So sure, let LeBron go form another super team. As long as it's out West and doesn't involve mending fences with Draymond Green, Celtics fans shouldn't think it's the end of the world. The Celtics are a super team, too. 


Celtics finish Summer League with loss to Trail Blazers in quarterfinals

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Celtics finish Summer League with loss to Trail Blazers in quarterfinals

The Boston Celtics close out their NBA Summer League campaign with a 4-2 record, after falling to the Portland Trail Blazers 95-80 in the Las Vegas quarterfinals, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

The Celtics trailed by as much as 14 points in the first half, only to crawl all the way back to tie it up twice in the third quarter before giving way in the fourth.

It was a strong night for the Celtics' bench. Former UMass star Trey Davis, childhood friend of Marcus Smart, led all Boston scorers with 19 points. Meanwhile, University of Rhode Island star Hassan Martin had another solid showing, leading the Celtics with 16 points off the bench to go with nine rebounds. Guerschon Yabusele was the other Celtic -- and only starter -- in double-figures, the sturdy big man showing range from deep with a 4-for-7 effort on three-pointers that anchored a 16-point total.

John Jenkins, a 2012 first-round pick of the Atlanta Hawks, led the way for Portland with 25 points.



Boston Celtics waive Kadeem Allen

Boston Celtics waive Kadeem Allen

The Boston Celtics announced they have waived guard Kadeem Allen Sunday ahead of their Summer League quarterfinal against the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Allen's two-way contract he signed last season would have become fully guaranteed for the 2018-19 season had the Celtics not waived him Sunday. 

The Boston Globe reported that it was likely Allen played his last game with the Celtics Saturday against Miami in the Summer League, and today Boston made it official. 

Selected with the 53rd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Allen spent most of last season with the Maine Red Claws, where he played very well. He only spent 18 games with the Celtics. 

This year's summer league was an opportunity for Allen to earn a second year on his two-way contract. He struggled to score and create for others, leading to Pierria Henry taking the starting point guard role. 

Allen's release opens up a two-way contract slot for the Celtics, who could look at their own summer league roster or another player who doesn't get an offer from their current team. 

Henry has reportedly gained significant interest from pro teams in Europe, while Hassan Martin is likely to have two-way contract offers in front of him soon. 

Roster spots are hard to come by given the strength of the current Celtics roster, but a temporary slot is there for Danny Ainge to fill.