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While a few dissenting opinions have popped up over the last week or so, for the most part, fans of the Boston Celtics have been largely supportive of the team’s 2021 offseason moves, especially the extensions of veteran guard Marcus Smart, newly-acquired wing Josh Richardson and rising big man Robert Williams III.
And among those fans is a former Celtic champion and Hall of Famer — namely Cedric Maxwell. The former NBA Finals MVP isn’t just a fan of how much of a bargain they are for the trio of players Boston gave them out to, but also for how they might be used in a potential trade to add a third star alongside All-Star forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
“Those contracts,” said Maxwell on a recent episode of his eponymous CLNS Media podcast, “are team-friendly.”
"There's nothing to look at going 'Oh my god, you'll never be able to sell that to another team," he added.
"And because of that, if you can put that package together of two or three players, then you're in the avenue of looking at a Damian Lillard of [the] Portland [Trail Blazers]. You have to trade numbers for numbers. And so you think about putting those contracts together."
"That might be a possibility, I think," suggested Maxwell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONf6Uccb1QY
And being team-friendly, the Celtics are likely more than happy to have Smart, Timelord, and Richardson around for the duration of their extensions. All three offer excellent value for their respective production, set Boston up to remain flexible regardless of the direction they choose to pursue in team building, and may offer even more value once the new media rights kick in for Smart and Williams. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=57496,57493,57488,57465] [listicle id=57491]