A look at three Boston Celtics trades that would have a massive impact on NBA trading season
Boston Celtics fans have been eagerly awaiting the NBA team’s decision on the 2022 trade deadline since the start of the season. As of now, they’ve remained relatively silent aside from the low-impact agreement for Bol Bol (at least in the near future).
With just a few days left before the February 10th deadline, both fans and media commentators alike are on the edge of their seats hoping to see this front staff light off some big fireworks in an effort to restore the ball club back to being regarded one of the upper echelon teams in the league.
When the C’s have been playing so well lately, many people believe that all Brad Stevens and company need is a few crucial shakeups in their rotation. On the other hand, there are many more who believe that the C’s must go all-out to add more elite players.
We’ve considered a wide range of possible trades for the Boston Celtics in the past, from smaller transactions for role players to larger ones.
Our team at the Houdini is taking things a step further today by exploring three absolute blockbusters, no matter if they’re likely or not:
1) A three-team contract involving the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and the Los Angeles Kings
First up on our list of 2022’s trade season fireworks is this three-team slugfest involving the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings.
Recently, there has been talk about Jaylen Brown, the star of the C’s, wanting to leave Eastern Massachusetts after this season. If things do not change to his satisfaction, it is possible that he will request a trade this coming offseason.
As usual, we would want nothing more than to see the Toronto Blue Jays succeed in Boston and bring this club back to contending for championships while running side by side.
But if things start to sour between the wing and the front office, and they begin looking to trade him as soon as Thursday’s deadline, this would be the ideal transaction to participate in for entertainment’s sake.
This young and brilliant star will command an enormous price tag if the Celtics ever decide to part ways with him; after all, he’s that good.
Dejounte Murray and Harrison Barnes seem like they’d provide a good enough return for our money.
Boston’s point guard position has always been regarded as the team’s weakest. For years, this team has had a rotating cast of players seeking to step in as long-term replacements for Isaiah Thomas at the point guard position.
They haven’t yet found a player who they consider as their franchise floor general.
A player like Murray could be exactly what this team has been looking for to lead the way going ahead.
While playing for the lowly San Antonio Spurs this season, the 25-year-old is averaging 19.6 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field and 8.4 rebounds per game on 8.4 assists per game.
Murray, an All-Defensive player and a high-end facilitator, would relieve Jayson Tatum of a great deal of load on both ends of the court alone.
A simple swap of Brown for the Spurs’ star isn’t something Stevens should be considering (at least not right now). So, to make this hypothetical deal a no-brainer, adding Barnes into the mix is absolutely necessary.
The 29-year-old is yet another accomplished goal scorer, creator, and defender who is having an outstanding season right now.
The power forward has averaged 16.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 50 games with the Kings, shooting 46 percent from the field and 41 percent from outside the arc.
It would be much easier for Ime Udoka to see more playmaking from his starters if Murray and Barnes were in the starting lineup, which would relieve Tatum of the burden of serving as a facilitator and allow him to return to concentrating almost exclusively on getting into scoring situations, which would help elevate him closer to the NBA’s elite.
In addition to all this, Doug McDermott’s arrival as the C’s new leading scorer is a welcome addition to the team’s roster (averaging 11.7 points on 47 percent shooting from the field and 43.5 percent shooting from deep).
Devin Vassell and Aaron Nesmith, two recent lottery-selected wings, join the Sacramento Kings’ young and promising core, while Al Horford joins as a senior presence and salary matcher, as well as the right to a future first-round choice, to help the Kings compete with the Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs, however, are bringing in Brown to serve as their new franchise cornerstone, allowing them to avoid a full-blown rebuild in favor of focusing on a young star wing who is already well-established.
Adding to this is the perception that they’re taking a chance on Marvin Bagley III, the former No. 2 overall pick in 2018, who has shown glimpses of being an effective starting big man despite the competition he faced at the time (Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Collin Sexton, etc.).
The 22-year-old has a lifetime scoring average of 19.3 points and a rebounding average of 10.7 per 75 possessions while shooting 49 percent from the field.