Here are a couple trades for Danny Ainge to consider

February 07, 2019 - 8:12 am


With a few hours remaining until the NBA trade deadline, contenders have let their true colors shine as teams prepare for the war that is the NBA Playoffs. Philadelphia has acquired a borderline All-Star in Tobias Harris to advance their dreams of a title, and others such as the Knicks and Mavericks have successfully positioned themselves for the future with a Kristaps Porzingis-for-assets exchange.

Now the attention turns to the Celtics.

While the most logical option for the Celtics might be to wait out the season and hope to land a big fish after a successful run in the postseason, you can never discount the aggressiveness of Danny Ainge and Co.

With this in mind, here are two potential targets the Celtics could go after prior to the deadline:

1. A Veteran Impact off the Bench

Memphis gets: Gordon Hayward, 2020 (BOS) 1st round pick, 2020 (BOS) 2nd round pick.

Boston gets: Marc Gasol, Omri Casspi

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported that Memphis has been shopping Gasol man in order to build around young forward Jaren Jackson Jr. While Memphis has been in talks with other teams regarding Gasol, Boston might be able to string together a package that entices the Grizzlies to entertain a transaction.

In this scenario, Boston sells GM Chris Wallace on the possibility of a young star rekindling his potential after a devastating injury in Hayward, while including assets to further the Grizzlies’ hopes for a quick rebuild. Gasol, meanwhile, brings the Celtics an impact big man that can do it all and would fit seamlessly into Brad Stevens’ system with the second unit.

Not only would Boston have a formidable bench to accompany a championship-caliber starting unit, but they wouldn’t be mortgaging their chances at acquiring Davis in the summer.

2. Brooklyn Makes a Deal with the Devil.

Brooklyn gets: Terry Rozier, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye, 2022 (BOS) unprotected 1st round pick.

Boston gets: Jarrett Allen, Treveon Graham

Might as well save your breath Danny, because the Nets have your number in the spam category.

But in all seriousness, anyone that has followed the NBA in recent years could attest to the fact that Ainge and the Celtics have finessed Brooklyn when it comes to trades.

Both potential cornerstones in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have come as a result of the infamous Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett trade from years past. There surely would be nothing that Boston could offer that could make Brooklyn think about a trade, right?

In this scenario, Sean Marks makes a bold move to advance his franchise sooner rather than later. The deal would have two young and promising players in Rozier and Williams going to Brooklyn and Jarrett Allen going to the C’s.

Marks would set himself up to lock-in a starting caliber guard in Rozier in case Caris Levert does not return to form after a disastrous injury, as well as Williams who is stashed away in Boston’s deep rotation. Williams would serve as a solid replacement to Allen, as the rookie puts up similar numbers per 36 minutes. Additionally, Brooklyn would receive a versatile defender in Semi Ojeleye and a 2022 unprotected first rounder from Boston.

That should be enough to pry away the promising young center from Brooklyn.