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Danny Ainge was recently on 98.5 The Sport’s Hub’s Toucher and Rich show and mentioned who the Celtics will target with their traded player exception.
“Shooting, with size.” is what Danny Ainge had to say when addressing the Celtics needs. Based on the team’s play from the first quarter of the NBA season, we created a list of players who the Celtics could target with the TPE.
Potential players available
John Collins – ATL
- Otto Porter Jr. – CHI
- Will Barton – DEN
- Wayne Ellington – DET
Jerami Grant – DET Victor Oladipo – HOU
- Eric Gordon – HOU
- Nicolas Batum – LAC
JJ Redick – NOP Julius Randle – NYK George Hill – OKC Al Horford – OKC
- Evan Fournier – ORL
- Terrence Ross – ORL
Aaron Gordon – ORL
- Jae Crowder – PHX
Dejonte Murray – SAS
- Buddy Hield – SAC
- Harrison Barnes – SAC
- Nemanja Bjelica – SAC
Aron Baynes – TOR
There are obvious differences between shooting, and “shooting with size.” By adding “with size,” Ainge just eliminated a few names that have been floating around Celtics Twitter like JJ Redick, George Hill and Victor Oladipo. There’s also a big difference between size with shooting, and “shooting with size,” too. We DON’T need players like Julius Randle, John Collins, or even Aaron Gordon. Randle is having a great year, but Ainge has his eyes set on a certain type of player.
We asked our Twitter followers to submit a few questions they have about the Celtics this season, and they delivered. Shoutout to @Green_Bones_ & @WallE13657097 for their questions about who the Celtics can trade for. Let’s get started!
@Green_Bones_ asks The Celtics Journal: “Should we attempt to trade for (Bradley) Beal?”
@WallE13657097 asks The Celtics Journal: “Who is the best player to target with the TPE?”
Let’s see how the Celtics could potentially acquire Bradley Beal in a trade. First, let’s get one thing out of the way, the Celtics can NOT use the Traded Player Exception to acquire Beal. The only way Boston can land Beal is by matching the salaries in a trade. That means you have to move Tatum or Brown – NOT HAPPENING. The Celtics could potentially create a package of players like Daniel Theis, Romeo Langford, and Semi Ojeleye with a bigger chip like Marcus Smart along with future draft picks, but do we really want to trade Marcus Smart? Personally, I think we should wait to see how good this team really is before we shake up the overall team chemistry. If the Celtics did make a ‘Deal for Beal’ here’s what it would look like:
As for the best player to target with the Traded Player Exception worth $28.5 million? Here are a few of our favorite Potential Trades for the Celtics to make at the NBA Trade Deadline.
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