With the Celtics expecting to lose Al Horford and having already traded away Aron Baynes, the team needs to fill some gaps on their roster, specifically when it comes to its bigs.
While free agency is less than a week away, there are a number of players that could be valuable trade options for Boston.
Here are 5 players that the Celtics could potentially trade for:
1. Steven Adams, C, Thunder
The 7-foot center is considered to be one of the strongest players in the NBA by many, and could fit right in with the Celtics.
Last season with the Thunder, Adams averaged 13.9 points per games, while shooting 59.5 percent from the field. He also had career highs of 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.5 steals.
With the Celtics needing to fill the hole that Horford will likely leave, Adams could do just that in an efficient manner. He’s one of the strongest defensive bigs who can come up big at both ends of the court. As a double-digit rebounder and a consistent shooter at 58.8 over the course of his career, the 25-year-old could mesh well with the young core of the Celtics, while helping to elevate their games.
2. Hassan Whiteside, C, Heat
The 7-foot center opted into the last year of his contract with Miami, but could be a great trade target for the Celtics.
Last season, Whiteside averaged double-double numbers for the fifth year in a row, with 12.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. He also averaged 1.9 blocks per game, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field.
Whiteside is another viable option for the Celtics to pick up a much-needed big. At 30 years old, he would bring seven years of NBA experience, and could play an intricate role in guiding the young talent that Boston is looking to build around, such as Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
3. Jonas Valanciunas, C, Grizzlies
The 7-foot center was a powerhouse rebounder in Memphis following the mid-February trade with Toronto, and could be another viable option for the Celtics to target.
Last season, Valanciunas elevated his game dramatically with the Grizzlies, averaging double-double numbers with 19.9 points and 10.7 rebounds. He posted career highs in four categories, including points and rebounds, in addition to assists (2.2) and blocks (1.6), while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.
Valanciunas seems to be on an upswing, and showed that he was able to thrive immediately after being traded to a new team. Should Boston look to acquire the big, it is likely that this trend would only continue, especially given the potential opportunity Valanciunas could have to take on the starting role. The 27-year-old would bring seven years of experience to help lead the young core in Boston.
4. Clint Capela, C, Rockets
The 6-foot-10 center could be a huge asset to the Celtics if the team were able to pull off a trade for him.
Last season, Capela averaged double-double figures for the second year in a row, with 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. He had career highs in both points and rebounds, in addition to assists (1.4), while shooting 64.8 percent from the field.
Though Capela isn’t a 3-point shooter like Horford, he is a strong interior defender. He thrived with opportunities off pick-and-rolls in Houston, and fortunately, the Celtics run plenty of pick-and-rolls as well. At just 25 years old, Capela would be a good combination of youthful energy to mesh with Brown and Tatum, and five years of NBA experience to help guide them.
5. Aaron Gordon, PF, Magic
The 6-foot-9 power forward could be a great target for the Celtics as the team searches to add some bigs to the roster.
Last season, Gordon averaged 16 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. He is versatile in the frontcourt as a solid rebounder and can spread the floor with outside shooting.
His is a threat off the dribble in fast break situations and could be a valuable asset to the Celtics roster. Plus, at just 22 years old, Gordon would fit right in and be able to develop alongside Tatum and Brown.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog