After a disappointing six-game loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics now face an offseason of questions about what kind of changes they need to make to take the next step and get to the NBA Finals.
Do they need a major shakeup? Or just some minor tweaking?
Count WEEI’s Christian Fauria among those ready for a big change. On Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Monday, Fauria said there is one key player the Celtics should trade: Marcus Smart.
“There are some major issues with how this team is constructed,” Fauria said. “I didn’t want to have to admit it. I didn’t want to have to admit it. You guys talk about Marcus Smart, and I’ve really been riding him for a long period of time. But he’s got to go. He’s got to go. He’s got to go.
“The fact is that nobody’s growing. Nobody’s growing. It’s delayed their improvement. He’s too ball-hoggy. He’s too overbearing.
“You look at the last nine minutes. The worst thing possible for the Celtics is if Marcus Smart, if he hits like three of his first four. Then he thinks he can make everything. The last nine minutes of the game, the dude took five shots. Way too many. When it’s crunch time, when it’s important, he took five shots, didn’t make any.”
Smart averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 38.1 minutes per game this postseason, but shot just 39.4% from the field, including 33.3% from three.
He was notably at the center of the Celtics’ locker room blowup after Game 2, as he reportedly demanded more accountability from his teammates before being confronted by Jaylen Brown.
The OMF show Twitter account floated a couple possible trade ideas involving Smart. Here’s a look at them: