Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly having trade talks with the Sacramento Kings involving center Willie Cauley-Stein, point guard Terry Rozier, and shooting guard James Young.
In the 2016 NBA draft, the Kings selected big men Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere who both play at the center position. Instead of addressing their backcourt problem, the Kings made their frontcourt more crowded. In the past months, there were reports saying that they are moving center Kosta Koufos but no deal has been made until now.
Marc Stein of ESPN revealed that the Sacramento Kings are shopping center Willie Cauley-Stein. The former sixth overall pick was reportedly not contented having only limited playing time with the Kings, who currently have a plethora of big men.
“Keep an eye on Kings big man Willie Cauley-Stein. Word is Sacramento is open to moving the second-year big man, who wants more of a role than he has under new Kings coach Dave Joerger,” Stein said.
Last season, Willie Cauley-Stein showed that he was a talented rim runner who brings length and athleticism. However, under coach Dave Joerger, Koufos gained more playing time than Cauley-Stein, serving as backup for DeMarcus Cousins. If the Kings will trade him, there will surely several NBA teams that will be interested in getting his service.
According to Matt Moore of CBS Sports, the Boston Celtics are one of the possible trade destination for Cauley-Stein. The Celtics were seen struggling early this season after losing two of their key players, Al Horford and Jae Crowder, due to injury. Horford has moved closer to passing through the NBA concussion protocol but his return on the court is still unknown.
Willie Cauley-Stein could serve as the Celtics temporary starting center while Horford is recovering. In a suggested trade scenario, the Celtics could send guards Terry Rozier and James Young to the Sacramento Kings for Cauley-Stein. This works on the ESPN trade machine.
Once this trade proceeds, it will definitely help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster. Cauley-Stein could be a formidable backcourt tandem with Horford once he recovers from injury. Meanwhile, Terry Rozier and James Young could provide the Kings an additional backcourt depth and wingman.
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