The question once again though is can we build a team to compete with the Pelicans, Griz and Thunder. They also have 1st team all nba caliber players in SGA, Zion and Ja. The pels and griz have established 2nd and 3rd stars as well with Ingram and CJ for the pels and JJ and Bane for the griz. The thunder don't have that yet but Giddy is right there and Chet may be that 3rd guy but I really love Jalen Williams. Then you start looking at the role players the pelicans and griz have and you can't help but get jealous
The depth on those 2 teams is crazy and almost every player is under 30. Over the next few years salary decisions will have to be made for the griz with Brooks being a free agent this offseason and Tyus Jones the next but they have the depth to deal with that. The thunder don't have that established depth yet but they have the hardest piece to find which is a superstar and Giddey looks like a pretty good number 2. They do have some guys that project as elite role players in Dort and Jalen Williams as well as a few other solid role players in Poku and Kenrich Williams and some really talented youngsters in Dieng and Tre Mann. This offseason I would expect the thunder to start putting their capspace to working adding some quality depth.
These teams are also set up from good to great when it comes to future picks
Griz- They own all of their own future picks and the warriors pick starting in 2024 with limited protections.
Pelicans- Own all of their own future picks.
2023- swap right with the lakers
2024- swap right with bucks, own lakers 1st but can defer to 2025 if they want
2025- Get bucks pick if in top 4, lakers pick if they choose to defer pick from prior year
2026- swap right with bucks
2027- bucks 1st unprotected
Thunder- Own all of their future picks
2023- swap right with clippers
2024- Rockets pick if in 5-30 range, Jazz pick 11-30 range, clippers 1st unprotected
2025- They have a ton of crazy swap rights with multiple teams, Jazz pick 11-30 if no surrendered the year before, Heat pick 15-30, Sixers pick 7-30
2026- Clipper pick unprotected, Rockets pick 5-30, Utah 9-30 if not already settled, Miami unprotected if no already settled, Philly pick 5-30 if not already settled
2027- Philly pick 5-30 if not already settled, Nugs pick 6-30
2028- Nugs pick 6-30 if not already settled
2029- Nugs pick 6-30 if not already settled
If I'm Ainge I am trying to figure how to compete with these 3 teams moving forward and it is not easy. Even this year we talk about getting a lottery pick but the thunder and pelicans may end up with a better lottery pick than us from the clippers and lakers.