At roughly one-third of the method through the 2020-21 NBA season, a handful of groups are beginning to look like the postseason will be out of reach– even considering the continuing presence of the play-in competition.
And with the Boston Celtics requiring to include some skill to their roster to contend regularly at all (never mind for a title), that can assist clarify which teams and what gamers group president Danny Ainge and the rest of the front office ought to be targeting in the coming weeks. With a historically-big traded gamer exception created by the Gordon Hayward offseason sign-and-trade and a set of s maller ones from lower relocations, the Celtics are well-positioned to shake things up if they want to.
But who might they be looking at, and on which rosters? Let’s take a look at the likely suspects.
At 12 th in the West, it’s possible Houston can still turn things around. But if they can’t, there are a few good options Boston ought to call about.
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Most likely not available, but a gamer installing 22 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for just $13 million this season and under contract for 2 more deserves inquiring about.
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Whether his asking rate matches just how much the veteran has left in the tank is a legitimate question; he’s certainly offered– however does he make good sense for the Celtics?
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Danuel House, Jr.
Is the 27- years of age wing offered, or part of Houston’s future? He ‘d be a big increase off the bench, however has also been disruptive in the past– would he fit the culture of the team?
Oklahoma City Thunder.
With the Thunder, it’s safe to say almost everyone is readily available. What does a group with apparently a 3rd of the league’s future firsts even desire?
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A Celtics reunion would be a fantastic narrative, and the fit near-ideal. However is the cap hit and long-term outlook worth what it might cost to land a newly-resurgent Horford?
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Difficult to understand what you ‘d be getting here offered he’s yet to play this season, but in theory he could be a strong bench alternative for Boston. What’s the cost, and is it worth losing the cap space with his expiring agreement?
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The fit would be great for Boston, and the $9.5 million salary would not hamstring the group moving on. What would the cost be provided they are sure to be one of numerous asking after him?
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The 25- year-old wing might make good sense as a low-priced depth alternative who ‘d slide right into the Enes Kanter TPE at $5 million, however does he move the needle compared to other choices?
This team may remain until the last moment with postseason hopes disallowing a continued rough stretch, however there might be a couple of gamers who might be worth making an offer for when it’s clear they’ve resigned themselves to the lottery game.
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On one hand he’s been having an off season shooting and can’t safeguard, as colleague Bradley Beal puts it, a parked vehicle. On the other, he’s historically been a 3-point firehose making $15 million this season.
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An inexpensive, trustworthy backup point player making just $6 million who has actually always burned Boston when they meet isn’t a horrible choice, but– a minimum of when healthy– there also isn’t an awful requirement.
This team looked like it might have a playoff run in them before they lost 9 of their last 10, and now may be among the Celtics’ finest prospective trade partners as a result.
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It’s uncertain if he’s readily available, however he ‘d be an extremely strong option able to begin or come off the bench at a position of need for Boston, and won’t consume the cap at $122 million this season.
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Larry Nance Jr.
One of our favorite trade targets at the Celtics Wire, Nance is a two-way alternative on an inexpensive, declining offer easily moveable in future seasons if the requirement emerges.
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An inexpensive small forward who ‘d suited the Vincent Poirier traded player exception, Windler could supply skilled depth– however would the Cavs trade him?
The consensus is that forward Jerami Grant isn’t offered even if he must be, however there’s a couple of other players who might make sense for the Celtics.
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Similar To Ish Smith, Wright might help the group’s backcourt depth, and is on a strong, portable deal. Like Smith, point guard isn’t a particularly important position of need.
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On an inexpensive deal simply a little too big to suit the Kanter exception, McGruder is a solid depth alternative worth looking into. However he also doesn’t move the needle much.
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On a cheaper deal that does suit the Kanter exception, Jackson would be a big bench upgrade. He wouldn’t be low-cost, and he has luggage, so this one is most likely not in the cards.
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The Male with a Golden Arm is on a good deal at $2.5 million, and is shooting the lights out this season. He will not be low-cost if they move him, but he might be worth it anyhow.
The worst group in the NBA in regards to record, the Wolves might be open to making moves. And they have a couple of players Boston ought to check out.
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The veteran floor general would be an exceptional alternative for a group in need of ball motion, but he ‘d bring a big offer, and earns a big paycheck at $17 million.
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He might not be readily available, and has a lot of baggage, but if the Celtics did pry him loose, his scoring could be the third option the group has been lacking on a long-term value offer.