The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly having trading talks that involve Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, and Jahlil Okafor. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and owner Wyc Grousbeck insist that they are not done yet this summer.
The Boston Celtics are currently building their roster to become a title contender team next season. In the recent NBA free agency, the Celtics succeeded to acquire Al Horford and believed that it could be a way to lure Kevin Durant. The Celtics did everything they could, to sign him, but it seemed like he already chose his next team even before the free agency started.
However, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and owner Wyc Grousbeck said that the team is not done yet in upgrading their roster. There are reports saying that the Celtics are continuing to pursue Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousin, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.
“Well, I feel the phones are definitely ringing. Danny is definitely talking to people for sure, and has indicated that our work is not yet done,” Grousbeck said at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham. “But I’ve got to say that I feel good about this team and I feel patient. We have draft picks coming up. We have a long-term strategy. I don’t just want [Banner] 18. I want 19 and 20.”
Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo recently joined Jimmy Butler in the Chicago Bulls. With this, there is lesser chance that the Bulls will still waste their time to hear offers from Butler. DeMarcus Cousins is reportedly on the trading block. However, Cousin’s current attitude might be too risky for the Celtics to pursue the trade.
Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel have long been included in the trading block. Joel Embiid is set to join the Philadelphia 76ers, giving them a very crowded frontcourt. Okafor and Noel were not good frontcourt combination, making the Sixers decided to trade at least one of them. Nerlen Noel might be a good tandem with Al Horford, but he is set to become a free agent next season.
“We play through our bigs a lot and that’s something we have a desire to continue to do,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said when asked about Horford. “It’s great from a fit standpoint in a lot of ways, but certainly in the way we play.”
Jahlil Okafor could be the best fit for the Boston Celtics. He averaged 17.5 points as a rookie and is already a dominant low post scorer. The Celtics have plenty of trade assets that include their top pick Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart or Terry Rozier, whom the Sixers need to boost their backcourt.
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