The Boston Celtics have completely reshaped the roster for this upcoming season and appear to be a team looking to secure a high draft pick in next summer’s NBA Draft. They have a nice core of young talent, and with a high lottery pick next year, their young core should only get stronger. The emergence of rookie center Kelly Olynyk has helped the rebuilding process; he looks like a guy who the team could perhaps build around in future seasons.
One player who could catch the Celtics’ eye via a trade is current Phoenix Suns guard Kendall Marshall. He is fresh off a pretty mediocre rookie season but is still only 21 years old and does have some upside in his arsenal for future seasons. He will never be a star but with more improvement, could become a decent player when he enters his prime. The Suns could make him expendable because of the acquisition of rising young point guard Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe is a great young talent and Marshall profiles as perhaps more than a true backup later in his career.
This would be an excellent opportunity for the Celtics to acquire a young player still on a rookie contract who carries some upside. The Suns wouldn’t just give him away, but there could be some sort of smaller package that could intrigue them. Marshall would give the Celtics a solid backup and more insurance if current point guard Rajon Rondo either misses time to start the year due to an injury or is traded this season.
Marshall is still an intriguing, young player and could make sense for the Celtics if he becomes available.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18.