The Boston Celtics failed to sign Kevin Durant but they are capable of trading for players like Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, Blake Griffin or DeMarcus Cousins. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Jahlil Okafor may be the most plausible trade target for the Celtics this offseason.
Even though Boston signed Al Horford to pair up with Isaiah Thomas, they still need another superstar to be considered legitimate contenders in the East. But the Celtics may be out of luck with Love, Butler and Cousins off the market while Westbrook and Griffin might be staying home until the trade deadline.
According to Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer, the Celtics are the likeliest destination for Philadelphia 76ers sophomore center Jahlil Okafor. He mentioned that Boston could acquire the 20-year-old without sacrificing 2016 3rd overall pick Jaylen Brown, and the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round picks for 2017 and 2018.
“There’s a lot for the Sixers to choose from: Terry Rozier, Demetrius Jackson, James Young, R.J. Hunter, Marcus Thornton, Guerschon Yabusele, Ben Bentil,Jordan Mickey, Ante Zizic, and future picks,” Tjarks wrote.
Okafor seems like a good fit in Boston to work with Horford inside while the perimeter players negate his defensive issues. He is very easy to trade for at the moment since the Sixers know that his value will continue to decrease as the offseason progresses.
Philadelphia has a glut of frontcourt players with Ben Simmons and Dario Saric joining Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, and Okafor. The Sixers seems to be inclined to trading Okafor because Embiid has the best potential and Noel still fits their roster.
And for those people waiting for Danny Ainge to pull a big trade, one rival general manager told the Boston Herald that the Celtics are going to be active in the trade market. He noted that Ainge will not pull the trigger on a deal if he feels like it would better to hold on to their prized assets.
“Oh, Danny definitely wants to do something. We’ve got nothing that really works with Boston, but I bet something happens there,” the GM said.
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