As the February deadline draws near, the Boston Celtics are expected to be “highly active” on the trade market. Their recent loss to the Toronto Raptors shows that they’re in dire need of a rebounding big man. With a plethora of trade assets, the Celtics could look for a quality frontcourt partner for Al Horford.
Here are the four centers the Boston Celtics could target before the February deadline:
The Miami Heat are currently one of the worst teams in the league. President Pat Riley aims to rebuild the team to immediately bring them back into title contention. In a recent Podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe revealed that no one is safe from the Heat’s roster, not even their franchise player Hassan Whiteside.
“Up and down the roster, literally every player,” said Lowe towards the end of his latest podcast. “Literally no one is untouchable, not even Hassan Whiteside, by a long shot.”
Whiteside is undeniably a great fit in Boston. He complements Al Horford well and would be devastating in pick and roll with Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics have what the Heat need to rebuild the team, including the Brooklyn Nets’ picks which are expected to be the top overall pick in the NBA draft.
In the recent NBA draft, the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers engaged in a trade talk involving big men Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. As most people think, Noel is the odd man out of the City of Brotherly Love. Joel Embiid continues to impress and there is no question that he deserves to be the Sixers starting center.
Nerlens Noel will boost the Celtics frontcourt, especially in terms of defense and rebounding. Though he’s set to become a restricted free agent, the Celtics will only need to match others teams’ offer to bring him back. Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo is expected to demand at least one of the Nets’ pick to let Noel go.
Like Noel, Andrew Bogut is also a defensive and rebounding big man. However, Bogut has experience playing for a championship team, especially in battling against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Dallas Mavericks are projected to miss the playoffs this season and plan to undergo a rebuilding process.
ESPN’s Marc Stein revealed that the Celtics emerged as a team interested in trading for Andrew Bogut. The 32-year-old big man should be a legitimate option for the Celtics before the February deadline. However, they shouldn’t give up any of the Nets’ pick for Bogut since he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly shopping star center Brook Lopez. They are currently the worst team in the Eastern Conference and still rebuilding the team. However, they lost multiple first-round picks after a blockbuster deal with the Celtics.
The Nets could use Lopez to get their draft picks back from the Celtics. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Nets gave their asking price for NBA teams who are inquiring about the availability of Lopez.
“Word is that two first-round picks are the Nets’ current asking price for center Brook Lopez,” Stein wrote.
In 34 games this season, Brook Lopez averaged 20.1 points and five rebounds. He’s also shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. However, it remains questionable if the Celtics are willing to give the Nets’ picks back for Lopez.
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