Not many teams could recover from losing players the caliber of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in free agency. But Lakers NationSenior Writer Trevor Lane believes the Celtics did their best to offset those losses with the additions of Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter.
“So, looking at what the Celtics did,” Lane said on NBA’s Front Office on CLNS Media. “So they bring in Enes Kanter who I thought was a totally fine signing. You’re not going to replace Al Horford, but he can do some thing in there. But, the big addition really is Kemba Walker who is one of only a handful of guys that were on the market this year where you just say here’s the max. Gladly hand over the max because he’s that caliber of player.”
While Irving is an all world talent, Front Office co-host Keith Smith believes he will be a better fit in Boston.
“In a vacuum, Kyrie Irving is a better player than Kemba Walker,” said,” Smith said. “But I think Kemba is gonna be a much better fit for this Celtics team for where they are at and where they wanna go.
“Having a guy who’s gonna come into the facility every day with a smile on his face and ready to work is gonna be real important.”
That positive mentality is surely going to change the entire vibe of the locker room. So, yes, Kemba brings something to the table that Kyrie didn’t. But does Kanter truly “replace” Al Horford?
“Kanter, I think, you know a very different player from Horford. He’s an inside based player, not the defender that Horford is, not the defender you or I probably are either,” joked Smith. “One thing Kanter does bring them is he’s an elite rebounder, and Boston has not had that in a very long time.
“So he’ll help there as well as Vincent Poirier. He’s a guy they signed out of France,” said Keith Smith, “Another big man. I think this guys gonna open some eyes.”