The Boston Celtics hope to get back into the title hunt for banner 18 and it starts with their rebuilding efforts. Trade rumors suggest the Celtics send Amir Johnson, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier for Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore.
In the proposed deal, this could be the start for that goal and aside from giving up three talented players, the Celtics could add their 2017 and 2018 picks. But the Celtics do not stop there when free agency hits next summer they could trade Avery Bradley to the Utah Jazz for Gordon Hayward.
The Celtics will have no problem with the cap space since it increases to about $102 million. Thus, the team projects to have its lineup for next year with Isaiah Thomas, Hayward, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Cousins. McLemore will then lead the second unit together with Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk.
With the move, it could make the Celtics a real title contender against “super teams” being created by other teams such as the Golden State Warriors.
For the Kings, they could start a rebuilding process around Rudy Gay and with the additions of Johnson, Brown, and Rozier is not bad as well. They could have a starting unit with Gay, Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Johnson, and Kosta Koufos. Both Brown and Rozier could be included in the team’s second unit.
In addition, the Kings could have a great value with the 2017 and 2018 picks from the Celtics as they could land a future prospect. They could also use it to get into trades to upgrade some positions to improve its roster.
The trade is plausible and will only work if all teams get down into business. Others may see that the Celtics are giving up too much for the said deal, but if another title would be in sight,it’s a risk that they are willing to take.
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