Right here’s what Brad Stevens stated about buying Jrue Vacation


“There is a checklist of fellows within the league that you simply at all times assume you have by no means had an actual probability to get that you simply assume are good matches, and Jrue is a type of guys.”

Brad Stevens speaks to the media throughout media day. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Workers

Brad Stevens made a dramatic change to the Boston Celtics’ roster by buying and selling for Jrue Vacation with lower than 24 hours to go earlier than media day.

Stevens doesn’t remorse making that transfer. To him, discovering a technique to purchase Vacation was a no brainer.

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“There’s a listing of fellows within the league that you simply at all times assume you’ve by no means had an actual probability to get that you simply assume are good matches,” Stevens stated on the Celtics’ media day, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “And Jrue is a type of guys.”

Vacation’s resume speaks for itself. The five-time member of the NBA’s All-Defensive Workforce involves Boston on the heels of his second All-Star sport and two years faraway from successful a championship. The 33-year-old’s stats again up his accolades, as he averaged 19.3 factors, 5.1 rebounds and seven.4 assists on 47.9% capturing from the sphere and 38.4% from the 3-point line final season, however Stevens stated that Vacation’s locker room qualities are simply as illustrious as his manufacturing on the courtroom.

“I imply, everyone can see what he does on the courtroom. He’s a very good participant, a number of time All-Star, protection has been well-documented, and so on.” Stevens stated, per NESN’s Sean T. McGuire. “However I believe it’s…he’s an elite teammate, elite aggressive character. All of these issues.”

However sending Vacation to Boston didn’t come with no worth. The Celtics gave up Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams III and draft picks so as to get hold of their latest guard. Stevens acknowledged that it wasn’t a simple commerce to make, particularly having to say goodbye to Williams.

“I do know Portland’s tremendous excited to get [Williams],” Stevens stated, per NESN’s Gio Rivera. “And that was laborious, actually laborious.”

However it was a worth Stevens knew he needed to pay. However in his eyes, the potential reward far exceeded its price.

“You bought to pay a superb worth for issues, proper? That’s the way in which it goes. We’re attempting to win a championship,” Stevens stated. “This speaks to our possession’s willingness to spend regardless and our eagerness to be the very best group we could be.”

The Celtics will start their quest for that championship on Sunday, with a preseason match towards the Philadelphia 76ers at house. That sport may very well be Vacation’s Celtics debut, the primary of many he may play a serious function in.