Free Agency Blueprint: BOS

How to land LeBron:

The Boston Celtics were knocked out by LeBron James and the Cavaliers this postseason and have never been afraid to make a huge move to upgrade their roster at any time, so you can assume there is conversation going on between Danny Ainge and the Celtics’ front office. Getting James to join the Celtics and his old running mate, Kyrie Irving, might be difficult considering the battles he has had with this team, and will take some financial maneuvering as well. Boston is currently over the salary cap so the only way to make this work would be to make a trade–sending Jaylen Brown and Abdel Nader for non-guaranteed contracts would clear $6,548,202 and allow them to offer James the max deal starting at $35,350,000. If Gordon Hayward can get back to career average form next season, the returning Celtics combine for an expected 49.3 Win Shares and a coach that is able to get more than expected out of his roster. Trading Brown and Nader for James would add an expected 9.6 Win Shares to the roster, bringing them to a predicted record of 59-23 and another chance at the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a roster that is ready to challenge the Warriors but could be too much to stomach for James to make the move.

Projected Starting Five: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, LeBron James, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford

Projected Record: 59-23


Player                              WSP48                             WS                                       Salary

LeBron James                 .221                                 14.0                                  $35,350,000

Gordon Hayward .150 7.0 $31,214,295
Al Horford .165 7.8 $28,928,710
Kyrie Irving .222 8.9 $20,099,188
Jayson Tatum .139 7.1 $6,700,800
Marcus Morris .108 3.2 $5,375,000


Terry Rozier .130 5.6 $3,050,390
Guerschon Yabusele .122 0.6 $2,667,600


Semi Ojeleye .048 1.2 $1,378,242
Demetrius Jackson 0.0 $92,857
Daniel Theis .178 3.5 $1,378,242

Totals:                                              58.9 Win Shares                              $107,433,526


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