The most common name that keeps coming up as possible trade bait for the Boston Celtics is Paul Pierce. We continue to look at possible teams that could be intrigued by acquiring the perennial All Star. One team that figures to kick the tires is the Utah Jazz. It might be difficult seeing them take on Pierce as they have a number of roster decisions that they need to make, but getting Pierce would certainly make them a contender to make the playoffs and make some noise while they are there.
If Celtics GM Danny Ainge was going to pick his ideal trading partner for Pierce, the Jazz would appear to be the team. They have so much young talent they could move and still remain competitive. The one guy Ainge will certainly obsess about is forward Derrick Favors. For some reason, Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin only plays him roughly 15-20 minutes a game, which is inexcusable. We can’t fault Corbin entirely though as he does have a number of capable big men at his disposal. Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson are certainly starting-caliber players, so it does make it hard for Favors to see extended minutes on a consistent basis. The Jazz do have a need for another wing player and moving one of their big guys could certainly do the trick.
Acquiring Favors would be an absolute coup for the Celtics. His numbers would be insane with 30 plus minutes every single night. He is also under 25, enabling the Celtics to look into the future with him as a main building block.
Paul Pierce might finally be traded this year and the Jazz seem like another solid fit.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18