The Boston Celtics have enjoyed a resurgent 2022 season. After talking about rebuilding in December, the Celtics reversed the tide and won the Eastern Conference. Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum have proven to be one of the best star duos in the NBA. Marcus Smart is a great third option. Al Horford made a splash as a reliable veteran big man.
But is this team ready for another final in 2022-23? Maybe, but a few moves certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Without further ado, here are two players the Celtics are due to trade this offseason.
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Two Celtics players to be traded in 2022 NBA offseason
Derrick White has had a quality postseason for the most part. Of course, there were some inconsistencies. But the truth is that its trading value will most likely never be higher than it is now.
White, who has a contract until the 2025 season, averaged 11 points per game in the regular season. He added 3.5 assists per game and about 31 percent shooting from behind the arc. In the postseason, he only averaged 8.5 points per game on 31% three-point shooting, but played a number of important games that could draw the attention of other teams.
White is someone Boston could trade on their own, or they could sell him for a couple of picks or other players. But he’s not a playoff necessity and could help the Celtics get younger talent with higher ceilings.
But trading or not trading White won’t decide or break Boston’s 2022-23 season. However, their decision on the next player could be the driving force behind what happens next year.
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Marcus Smart is 28 years old. a growing contract that will keep him under the control of the team until 2025-2026.. He’s a decent offensive player for the Celtics. But his bread and butter is for defense. It is very important to have a player who can constantly block enemy guards.
But Smart could play a crucial role in acquiring a more talented star to form a true “Big Three” around Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The Celtics couldn’t keep up with Golden State in the NBA Finals. And their elite defense had trouble with the Warriors’ powerful scoring offense. Of course they capped Stephen Curry in Game 5. But Andrew Wiggins stepped up.
Boston needs to trade Smart along with spades and someone like Derrick White to get a third star with a high attack ceiling. It should be a guard or a big man considering the core of the Celtics is built around their flanks in Tatum and Brown.
Players Boston could buy
Damian Lillard would be perfect, but the price might be too high. But Lillard is a good example of someone who can fit in well with this Celtics team.
Boston may also try to get an attacking big man. Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns has impressive goal-scoring potential and is no barrier to defense. While he may become a free agent, there are rumors that the Suns would prefer to sign and trade him.
After all, Marcus Smart is the Celtics’ best option as a potential trade bait if the team decides to go after the star.