As NBATradeSZN approaches quickly, armchair GM’s everywhere will be trying every trade combination to improve their teams’ roster.
There really isn’t too much to complain about with the 2019-2020 Boston Celtics now that Kemba Walker has replaced Kyrie Irving. Aside from nagging injuries to Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart, the team is exceeding expectations. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are proving to be a dynamic duo and the old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” just might apply here. If the Celtics were to explore their options at the trade deadline, here’s how they’ll do it.
Trade Package #1: Magic Mo
- ORL receives: Vincent Poirier, Semi Ojeleye
- BOS receives: Mo Bamba
This is an upgrade at center. Bamba will have Brad Stevens callin’ his phone. This move thins out the Celtics’ roster and adds more skill to the center position. Bamba’s production with Orlando isn’t where anyone expected and may be time for a change. Trading Poirier and Ojeleye for Bamba is an upgrade but doesn’t do enough for the C’s to push them past Philadelphia or Milwaukee in the Conference Finals, but certainly is a push in the right direction.
Trade Package #2: Wizards
- WAS receives: Enes Kanter, 1st Round pick
- BOS receives: Davis Bertans
The bye-bye Kanter and subpar defense trade. Bertans spreads the floor with his ability to shoot at a high percentage. Losing Kanter’s rebounding hurts, given his 22-point & 19-rebound performance against New Orleans earlier this month. Bertans isn’t the strongest rebounder in the league, posting an even five per game, but at his size and 43% shooting from beyond the arc, how can you not want to add the Latvian Laser.
Love jostling with Celtics player Jaylen Brown | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Trade Package #3: C’s get Big
- CLE receives: Gordon Hayward
- BOS receives: Kevin Love
Kevin Love has been linked to Boston since his days in Minnesota and in this scenario, it finally comes true. Trading Hayward away removes a log jam at the guard/wing spot. However, parting with Hayward is a tough pill to swallow given his return, shooting a career-high 52% from the field, and the overall playmaking that he brings each night. In this deal, It’s a simple swap for the two aging stars, Kevin for Gordon.
As mentioned before, this team is solid and not really in the position where they need to make a move. If they choose to make a splash, it’s sure to ruin the chemistry and after being dismantled following last season’s comedy show? I think it’s safe to say that Ainge will hit the Do Not Disturb button on his phone on February 7th.