Apart from the fact that Jimmy Butler has been playing like the best player in the entire league, the Miami Heat's amazing NBA Playoffs run has also been characterized by the emergence of their undrafted sensations. Max Strus is one of them, and for those that don't know, the 6-foot-5 forward actually started off his career with the Boston Celtics — the same team that the Heat just eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Strus played a key role for Miami in what turned out to be an epic seven-game series against the Celtics. At this point, the Heat swingman just wants to send a not-so-friendly reminder to everyone that Boston once decided to waive his services three years ago:
Max Strus taking shots at the Celtics on Instagram 👀
Strus was cut by the Celtics in 2019 after signing a two-way contract after the NBA Draft.
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Max Strus even had a two-word caption in his post, which made it even more savage. “ECF CHAMPS,” he wrote.
Obviously, the Celtics did not believe at that time that Strus deserved a spot on their roster. He then signed a two-way contract with the Chicago Bulls — another team that the Heat eliminated in this NBA Playoffs run — where he ended up playing just two games in the 2019-20 season. Strus then signed with Miami the following season, and the rest, as they all say, is history.
Whichever way you put it, there's no denying that Max Strus has a bit of ill will against the Celtics. He probably has nothing against the players or the organization, but it is clear that he hasn't forgotten about their decision to cut him three years ago. For Strus, the revenge narrative is real.