5 Trades Boston Celtics Should Consider
5 Trades Boston Celtics Should Consider
The Boston Celtics find themselves on top of the Atlantic division. An 8-12 record does not seem to be enough to be fourth in the conference. Then again, it is the Easter Conference. Tanking is clearly out of the equation for this group of players. Winning as many games as possible is the ethical way to play basketball. However, I am convinced this team has a ceiling of a sixth seed and will most likely end up in the bottom of the East. Because Boston is anything but a popular destination for free agents, it is hard to build from the middle.
So, what’s better for this team, to win as many games as they can year after year and fall short of contention? Or to obtain younger assets and draft picks and create a young, winning nucleus? Right now, the best direction is to trade some of the veterans, develop a core of young players, and try to acquire a high pick in the draft. I don’t want the Celtics to tank. It’s respectable to see these players be proud and have a drive to win. Conversely, acquiring assets to better fit their future is the direction for the Celtics to take. The Celtics should be looking to obtain draft picks and players around the age of 25 or younger.
Celtics forward Jeff Green is involved in many of the next trade scenarios. I am a big fan of Green, so I would hate to see him leave. However, I understand it may be best to part ways with him if the Celtics can get a younger return. Rajon Rondo is another players most Celtics fans would hate to see go. Rondo could be smart to keep around, but if Boston gets an opportunity to trade him for some talented players, they shouldn't hesitate. Rondo and Green are both 27 and can bring back the most value to this Boston. Avery Bradley could bring back value as well. Since Bradley is held in such high regard in Boston, it would be a difficult decision to trade him. More importantly, the Celtics need to free up cap space. The Celtics should not hesitate to Gerald Wallace's money off the books. Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee are among other veterans who could be packaged in a deal.
5. Jeff Green for Otto Porter Jr.
The Washington Wizards are ready to compete in the Eastern Conference. Led by young starts John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards could use another scorer like Jeff Green as a third option. Green could be the perfect fit for the Wizards. In return, the Celtics would get Otto Porter Jr. He hasn't played a game yet, but the 20-year-old small forward does a little bit of everything — he defends, rebounds and hits open jumpers. He doesn't have the makings of an All-Star, but he'd be a great building block.
Celtics Get: Otto Porter, Kevin Seraphin
Wizards Get: Jeff Green
4. Jeff Green for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist isn't the best offensive player, but he has the potential to be a lock-down defender. He’s athletic and has shown the ability to get to the rim. His style fits the Celtic’s mold. The Charlotte Bobcats have some good pieces, but they lack scoring. Jeff Green could fill that void for them. The Celtics could throw in Gerald Wallace for Ben Gordon’s expiring contract, and it’s a done deal.
Celtics Get: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Ben Gordon
Bobcats Get: Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace
3. Jeff Green for Dion Waiters
This is my favorite deal. Dion Waters has so much potential, but unfortunately, he is over-shadowed by Kyrie Irving, and that combo doesn't seem to play well together. Waiters needs a point guard that can create scoring opportunities for him. Rajon Rondo is the perfect fit. Jeff Green could solidify the Cleveland Cavaliers' offense, and is a better complement to Irving. This trade could lead to the possibility of moving Avery Bradley in a big deal.
Celtics Get: Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee
Cavaliers Get: Jeff Green
2. Brandon Bass and Gerald Wallace to the Detroit Pistons
This is a financial move more than anything. The Detroit Pistons have the talent to compete in the depleted Easter Conference. Brandon Bass would be a huge boost on their team. He’s a true winner and could help strengthen that young front court. Gerald Wallace would be an upgrade at small forward behind Josh Smith. Wallace and Bass would bring a team-orientated style of basketball to the Pistons, who desperately need more players like that. In return, Charlie Villanueva has an expiring contract, while Jonas Jerebko only has two years left.
Celtics Get: Charlie Villanueva, Jonas Jerebko
Pistons Get: Brandon Bass, Gerald Wallace
1. Jeff Green for John Henson
The Milwaukee Bucks don’t have much at the small forward position, so Jeff Green could be a long term solution. He can play the four as well, if needed. The Bucks have two young forwards Larry Sanders and John Henson; both of them happen to play the same style of basketball. Sanders already has the long-term contract. John Henson could be a nice complement to Jared Sullinger in the front court. They play the same way, except Henson is taller and more athletic. He is defensive minded and a good fit for the Celtics.
Celtics Get: John Henson, Caron Butler
Bucks Get: Jeff Green