With the NBA trade deadline three weeks away and Boston still sitting in the fifth seed we have to wonder if General Manager Danny Ainge is going to pull the trigger and make a deal by the deadline. With all the drama between players we’ll see if Ainge sticks with the current roster and cashes in this summer for an Anthony Davis trade.
The New Orleans Pelicans have continued to say they’re not trading Davis, so with that being said will Boston go into the postseason with the same roster and finally make an offer for Davis once Kyrie Irving signs a new deal. Below are three trade options the Celtics can make to better their roster.
Trade Daniel Theis for Some Size
Daniel Theis is an energy guy, there’s nothing to questions about his play off the bench or as a starter, but because he’s injury prone and his size for a big man causes an issue for Boston’s frontcourt rotation. This season Theis is averaging 6.6 points per game (PPG) and four rebounds a game (RPG), his small frame is exposed when Boston faces teams with a deep frontcourt such as Detroit, Miami, Toronto, Indiana and Philadelphia.
Boston currently has three players in Aron Baynes, Robert Williams and Al Horford at 6’10 and with the emergence of rookie Williams it’s easy to see he deserves more minutes. Williams can do everything Theis does, but has an advantage because of his athletic ability.
Boston can package Theis and Rozier for Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic, who is on the trade block on the final year of his contract. The 28-year-old is putting up 20 ppg, 12 rpg, and 3.8 assists per game (APG). Vucevic can give Boston another option down low aside from Horford, he can post up and has a mid-range game.
Ship Scary Terry for assets
After this season Rozier will be a restricted free agent and with Irving looking to resign with Boston, its obvious Rozier will play his last season with the Celtics. Teams like the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks who are in need of a point guard will be going after Rozier, but the question is whether or not Boston will want to match whatever they offer Rozier. Irving will eat up the majority of Boston’s cap space and Horford will most likely pick-up his player option and stay with the team.
Boston can flirt with the Suns about a Rozier trade and see if they offer up a few first rounder picks to add to Boston treasure vault. If Boston continues to stock up on draft picks they can make a stronger case to the Pelicans this summer on a Davis deal.
Trade Hayward to Get the Best out of Tatum
Boston can continue to wait and see if Gordon Hayward ever gets back to who he was or they can look for a team that can use him and get some veteran and bench prescience in return. Hayward’s trade value is at an all-time low, no team will offer up a first round pick and with $127 million remaining in his four-year deal it will be difficult to see a team take him.
A Hayward trade will benefit Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown the most. With Hayward out of the rotation it can probably open up Brown and Tatum’s game and get them back to who they were during the postseason. Tatum and Brown showed during the playoffs they are bona fide stars in this league and can average equal or more numbers to what Hayward put up in Utah.