Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics might just have put wheels in motion after this weekend’s 66th All-Star Game. The 40-year-old head coach was his charismatic-self during All-Star Weekend, taking time to talk and get to know each of the Eastern Conference stars he got to “coach” during the event.
Perhaps the most vital moment was his video rendition of every player in his team, where he showed the moment each of them was drafted and their All-Star appearances with it (per Frank Isola of the New York Daily News) — a thought that caught the eyes of many, and even impressed LeBron James, who made his 13th straight trip to the mid-February festivities.
While it doesn’t guarantee a thing when it comes to an imminent trade, having reassurance of a friendly coach plays a huge part in making a change of teams, especially when a player isn’t happy with the current situation at the helm.
Even though the Celtics might still be considering to add forward Jimmy Butler to bolster their playoff changes, GM Danny Ainge might still be considering the likes of Paul George, who has remained noncommittal to signing an extension with the Indiana Pacers.
If any of the two potent forwards chose to leave their current situation, they would be welcome by Stevens’ open arms.