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.

Potential trades for the Celtics

  • Trade: BOS, ATL
    • Celtics acquire John Collins (TPE)
    • Hawks acquire Daniel Theis & 1st round pick
  • Trade: BOS, OKC
    • Celtics acquire George Hill & Trevor Ariza (TPE)
    • Thunder acquire Carsen Edwards, Two 2nd round picks
  • Three-Way Trade: BOS, ORL & OKC
    • Celtics acquire Terrence Ross & George Hill
    • Thunder acquire Carsen Edwards, 1st round pick
    • Magic acquire: Daniel Theis, 1st round pick
  • Trade: BOS, CLE
    • Celtics acquire Andre Drummond: Just Kidding…
    • Celtics acquire Larry Nance Jr. (TPE)
    • Cavs acquire 1st round pick, Carsen Edwards


If the Celtics are going to use the TPE, they should use it on a bundle of quality role players like George Hill and Trevor Ariza, or Terrence Ross. If the Celtics do end up trading the TPE for a big fish, don’t expect it to be for Myles Turner or Clint Capela, as appealing as they are, they are most likely – off the table. With Kemba Walker back on the court (and looking good) and both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum rising to MVP levels of play, you have to think that Danny Ainge is looking to “cash in” on that $28.5 million dollar exception.

Adam Kemp

TheCelticsJournal - Senior Writer

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Key takeaways from the Boston Celtics season so far · February 1, 2021 at 5:09 pm

[…] With Smart sidelined for a week or so, and probably longer with the high potential of re-injury, the Celtics really need to cash in on that Traded Player Exception, created from Gordon Hayward’s departure. Smart has played in 17 games, averaging 32.3 […]

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