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Cedric Maxwell: Celtics 'have to find that big man' to be contenders

Cedric Maxwell: Celtics 'have to find that big man' to be contenders

The Boston Celtics were able to retool their team this offseason. They lost Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in free agency, but they were able to add Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter as replacements.

But now, the question is, are the Celtics going to be contenders in the Eastern Conference?

With Kawhi Leonard's move to the Western Conference, the Celtics could have a chance to make some noise. But, Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell still thinks they are missing one piece and spoke about that in a recent appearance on NBC Sports Boston's Arbella Early Edition.

I think there's a hint of it, but you have to find that big man for me. That's going to be the difference in where they're at now. They have the wing package. They have Marcus Smart. They have a guard that can shoot the basketball. But who's going to rebound the basketball? And who's going to get dirty in the paint late in the series?

Maxwell would go on to discuss why the Celtics' loss of Horford could have a big impact on the team and why the Philadelphia 76ers' move to sign him was a smart one.

I don't think Philly necessarily needed Al, but they took him away from the Celtics and I think that was really their prime thing. And it hurts the Celtics more than it really helps the 76ers.

Given the fits that Horford had previously given Joel Embiid in regular and postseason action, this argument makes sense. And it would also explain why the team was willing to give the 33-year-old Horford a four-year, $109 million deal.

The Celtics will miss Horford's presence and while Kanter could provide some help as a scorer and rebounder, the team could still look for an upgrade at the big-man position. For now, they'll roll with Kanter, Daniel Theis, Robert Williams, and Vincent Poirier and see what they can get out of that group.

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Cedric Maxwell on Early Edition: 'It's called a business!'

Cedric Maxwell on Early Edition: 'It's called a business!'

On Monday night's episode of Early Edition, Boston Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell and host Phil Perry discussed the current landscape of the NBA, and how the power has shifted from teams to players. 

Maxwell specifically had some strong thoughts on loyalty in the league and the amount of player movement in today's game. 

"Isn't it amazing how we've changed now? When I played, loyalty wasn't...When (the Celtics) traded me, where was the loyalty at?... It is called a business." 

In 1985, one year after the Celtics won the title, Boston traded Maxwell and a draft pick for Bill Walton. Today, player movement — especially among superstars — is even more prevalent. 

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Breakfast Pod: Would Kemba Walker be a good fit for the Celtics?

Breakfast Pod: Would Kemba Walker be a good fit for the Celtics?

Kemba in, Kyrie out? Plus, a look at the offseason ahead for the Stanley Cup finalist Bruins.

1:00 - The Celtics are reportedly "at the front of the line" for Kemba Walker. Chris Forsberg discusses whether he would be a good fit in Boston. 

7:00 - Is Kyrie Irving’s drama tarnishing his reputation around the league? Cedric Maxwell and Forsberg join Early Edition to discuss. 

15:00 - The Bruins have some decisions to make this offseason, which players should the Bruins sign with limited cap space? Our BST crew debates. 

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