The Boston Celtics saw several important roster pieces find new homes in Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Terry Rozier, and Marcus Morris during this summer's free agency. This begs the question: Why would so many players leave the Celtics given their ostensible contender status?
Jaylen Brown can shine some light as to why that might be, noting the sheer weight of the bad vibes within the organization last season.
Jaylen Brown: I don’t think it could get any worse than last year https://t.co/Jz13QccvPS— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) August 6, 2019
With all the talented players on Boston's roster, allocating the minutes that each player "deserved" was not the easiest request to accommodate. This resulted in guys like Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris taking a back seat in the rotation and increasingly sulking over it. Not only did this negatively impact these individual players, but the team as a whole. Eventually, the unrest and dysfunction became impossible to hide.
Jaylen Brown asked about good summer vibes around Celtics.— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) August 5, 2019
"Last year, honestly, I can’t see it being any worse than that. Coming out, being positive is everybody’s mindset."
Didn’t want to get into dysfunction.
"It’s over with now … looking forward to what’s coming next."
Now, Brown and the Celtics will be pushing nothing but positivity heading into the 2019-20 season. They must learn from old mistakes and build a culture that is better structured for success in the NBA for the long haul; if the drama really is over, that can only mean good things for the C's.