The NBA commerce deadline is below a month away and whereas the Boston Celtics haven’t swung an in-season commerce in six years, the group seems certain to place their $28.6 million traded participant exception to good use. Engulfed in commerce chatter and linked to disgruntled superstars for months, it seems as if Danny Ainge and the crew are gearing as much as lastly pull the set off on a deal.
In accordance with ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, rival executives imagine that Boston is “looking” for a participant who can primarily exchange the skillset left behind by Gordon Hayward by enjoying both ahead spot and supply some “scoring punch.”
The Celtics not have a deep cache of draft property from different groups to doubtlessly embrace in a deal. They do nonetheless have all of their very own future first-round picks, in addition to the large commerce exception, which places them in higher commerce place than most different contending groups. Rival executives imagine they’re attempting to find a participant who can play both ahead spot and supply some scoring punch — precisely the sort of participant they misplaced when Hayward left.
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Potential Commerce Suits for the Celtics
Bontemps added that “league insiders don’t imagine the Celtics can stand pat and doubtlessly waste a 12 months of the primes of their two younger constructing blocks [Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown] who’re enjoying at an elite stage.” If that’s the case, listed here are plenty of gamers Boston may look to encompass their two superstars with on the commerce deadline.
John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
Invoice Simmons’ “dream pickup,” Collins-Celtics chatter has been rising louder over the previous few weeks. As we sit right here as we speak, he seems to be the popular acquisition amongst the lots. Only one season faraway from averaging 21.6 factors and 10.1 rebounds per recreation, the 6-foot-9-inch, 235-pound ahead affords intriguing upside with a pleasant contact from past the arc. The 23-year-old has shot 39.2% from three over his final 76 video games. Collins will likely be an unrestricted free-agent after the season and is believed to be seeking a deal north of $100 million.
Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer beforehand reported that the Mavericks have “quietly gauged” the commerce market surrounding their massive man – a report that proprietor Mark Cuban has strongly refuted.
In a “reasonable” commerce proposal to amass Porzingis, Fischer has Boston unloading a plethora of intricate items to their present roster, together with Kemba Walker and Robert Williams. Porzingis has battled accidents of late, however when wholesome might be precisely what Boston is seeking from their entrance line. Only a few months in the past he earned second-team All-Bubble honors by averaging 30.5 factors, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per recreation.
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
Barnes, seemingly the fan-favorite to go to Boston just some weeks in the past, now seems unlikely to be moved. In accordance with The Athletic’s Sam Amick, rival execs have acquired no indication that the Kings are prepared to commerce Barnes.
Enjoying arguably the most effective ball of his profession, the 28-year-old would seem like a logical match alongside the 2 Js, and doubtlessly the most suitable choice to exchange what the Celtics misplaced by transferring off of Hayward. Barnes is taking pictures a career-high 49.3% from the sector.
Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons
Ex-Celtic Brian Scalabrine views Grant because the “good match” for his former group – a take that’s laborious to argue. Grant has emerged as a deadly scoring choice throughout his first 12 months within the Motor Metropolis. Having averaged simply 9.45 ppg over his earlier six NBA seasons, Grant’s 23.four ppg in 2020-21 rank 22nd within the NBA. Grant affords place flexibility and talent to get to the rim with regularity. With that stated, there are questions on how he would match right into a secondary position.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
Whereas Cs followers would possible favor Gordon’s teammate, Nikola Vucevic, Gordon could be a sound comfort worth. Moreover, he may doubtlessly come cheaper than another participant on this listing. Nonetheless simply 25-years-old, Gordon is an athletic frontcourt piece that’s interchangeable from the three-spot right down to the 5.