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Horton Celtics Ready for New Season


Dominican Al Horton's Boston Celtics are fully committed to winning their 18th championship in the 2023-24 season that would be starting next month.

However, certain changes were necessary to start the season with the best possible squad to pursue another title.

Boston Analyzes Its Short- to Long-Term Strategy

The Celtics began the offseason by transferring Marcus Smart to Memphis and adding Kristaps Porzingis to add height to the team.

Boston also signed Jaylen Brown to a maximum contract. With this, the team hopes to overcome its current barrier after reaching the conference finals five times in the last seven years.

However, doubts about Porzingis have surfaced. The center has difficulty defending on the perimeter, an extensive injury history and limited playoff experience. With these points, fans have questioned whether the team is on the right track.

In terms of experience, Tatum is the only remaining starter from the 2018-19 season. As more trades continue to occur to keep the salary cap from skyrocketing, Boston continues to search for consistency.

The Celtics believe they can still compete, but will have some financial hurdles to overcome. The team expects its roster to look drastically different at the start of the 2028-29 season and thus the team is also focused on building a solid future.

The Celtics are committed to starting Derrick White this season. Replacing Marcus Smart as the team's primary perimeter defender is part of the new strategy.

He was a second-team All-Defense selection in 2023, but has started only 229 of his 328 games over the past five years. White turned 29 this summer and is in his prime.

Players are extending their best years, but there are questions about whether White will be essential to the Celtics of the future. Boston ideally is looking for someone younger and capable of handling a heavier minutes load, even if they keep Derrick White.

The fact is that Boston continues to make important decisions that influence the current team and the Celtics for the next five years. This strategy will cause them to continue to look for changes, including modifications to other vital positions on the court.

Funk Joins The Celtics

The Celtics confirmed forward Taylor Funk to an Exhibit 10 contract. With this contract, Funk will be able to participate in Celtics training camp and will compete for the final roster spot.

The other two positions are currently held by JD Davison and Jay Scrubb. Funk began his college career at St. Joseph's University, which is about an hour and a half from his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The player excelled in his junior season, averaging 17.4 points per game on 48.2 percent shooting from the field in his final year with the Hawks.

For his final collegiate season, Funk transferred to Utah State University and used his 37% three-point shooting to lead the Aggies to a third-place finish in the Mountain West Conference.

The Aggies finished as the 10th seed in the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, but lost in the Round of 64 to seventh-seeded University of Missouri. Funk scored 16 points in the game, leading all Aggies in scoring.

Funk is very familiar with the Celtics legacy and the Hall of Fame talent that has walked the court in Boston.

Celtics legend Larry Bird has greatly influenced Funk's game, which relies heavily on passing, shooting and using his six-foot-eight-inch frame as an advantage over smaller small forward defenders.

Funk will have the opportunity to join the Celtics roster and wear the same jersey his idol wore, but he's not the only one. He will compete with DJ Steward, formerly of the Sacramento Kings in the G-League, for that final spot on the two-way roster.

It is not yet clear who will win that position, but the decision will almost certainly be made after training camp ends.

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