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Best Players for the Celtics to target with the TPE?

Best players for the Celtics to target with the TPE?

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.