The Boston Celtics are going in circles and a trade could be just what they need to help them recover their mojo. Here are five possibilities.
Over halfway into the season, the Boston Celtics continue to hover around .500, miring in mediocrity, and furthering the impending notion that the current roster may need several significant changes. While this roster may not call for the same extensive overhauls of the past, it’s become evident this season that the Celtics still have yet to find the ideal pieces to complement their All-Star wing tandem of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Boston is currently ranked 24th in offensive rating, signifying glaring offensive woes even with Tatum and Brown averaging over 24 points a game. Here are five trades the Celtics can make to alleviate the burdens of their two forwards and take legitimate steps to re-establishing themselves as contenders in the Eastern Conference.
5. Boston Celtics trade for Myles Turner
Celtics get: Myles Turner
The Indiana Pacers are in the process of beginning a full rebuild and could start by offloading their two most important frontcourt pieces, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. Turner, who is currently sidelined with a stress reaction in his left foot, is the league leader in blocks, and would immediately improve the Celtics’ interior defense, giving them an additional layer of paint protection. By acquiring Turner, the Celtics would get a solidified, frontcourt anchor to complement their All-Star perimeter duo.
For the Pacers, they receive a proven rotational piece in Richardson, who is shooting over 40 percent from 3 this year, and two players under the age of 25 that could be integral parts of their next era. Langford is a former Hoosier who was raised in Indiana and is already well-known throughout the state. While he’s shown flashes, Langford has struggled to demonstrate the offensive prowess that made him such an intriguing prospect coming out of college. He has, however, shown glimpses of elite perimeter defense, and could possibly be a 3-and-D threat on the right roster. Grant Williams is shooting over 40 percent from 3 and has already shown an ability to fit within various offenses with his size, strength, and ability to stretch the floor.