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4 Ways Celtics Can Salvage This Offseason

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 03: Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts during the second half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 03, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bucks defeat the Celtics 123 - 116.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Maddie Meyer

With Kyrie Irving having one foot out the door and Al Horford looking set to depart as well, the Celtics may be heading from riches to rags. However, there are still ways for Boston to turn this offseason into a positive one.

4. Acquire Clint Capela

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets fakes JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers creating a foul during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers | Harry How

Houston has been doing its due diligence in shopping around Capela since the end of last year's playoffs, and it was recently reported that the Celtics checked in on the 25-year-old big man. Capela would bring Boston a much needed physical presence in the paint, especially considering the biggest bodies the Celtics have now are Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes. The only thing that may get in the way? That contract.

3. Get Gordon Hayward off the Books

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 03: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 03, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics - Game Three | Maddie Meyer

Gordon Hayward was largely expected to be a major piece in Boston's championship contention. After recovering from a gruesome leg injury he suffered in his first game with Boston, he hasn't been nearly the same player he was in Utah, and Celtics fans will balk at what he's owed next season: $32.7 million. Whether it's by dealing him away in a salary dump, using him as part of a blockbuster deal, or just cutting him free via a partial buyout, the removal of Hayward's contract would do wonders for Boston.

2. Have a Brilliant Draft Night

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 21:  Picks one through 30 are seen on the board at the conclusion of the first round during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
2018 NBA Draft | Mike Stobe

In this year's NBA Draft, Boston has three of the first 22 picks. If they play their cards right, the Celtics could turn around their entire offseason in just a few hours -- whether it's by packaging picks 14, 20, and 22 to move into the top 5 or simply using those picks on the right guys, Boston could very well have another brilliant draft night. Danny Ainge has long been lauded for his performances at the draft, and he's going to need a big one this time around.

1. Find Supplementary Pieces for Jayson Tatum

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 03: Brad Stevens talks with Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics during the second half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2019 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 03, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bucks defeat the Celtics 123 - 116.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics - Game Three | Maddie Meyer

With Irving and Horford likely gone, the new captain of the ship becomes third-year standout Jayson Tatum. Instead of chasing a big name free agent, Danny Ainge should give Tatum the keys and let him run the show -- the Brad Stevens era has long been characterized by young, developing talent, and a return to those roots may yield great benefits for Boston.