NBA Rumors: Toronto Raptors-Boston Celtics trade sends Kelly Olynyk to Canada

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The Boston Celtics are reportedly not done dealing more than a month before the new NBA season begins. According to latest NBA rumors, Kelly Olynyk is on the trading block. Could the Toronto Raptors get him in a trade for a homecoming for the Canadian center?

According to A. Sherrod Blakely of, Olynyk is a player “to keep an eye on in terms of trade possibilities.” The writer said that inconsistencies from the part of Olynyk last season might be one of the reasons for his exit from Boston. He added that the Toronto Raptors could be one of the teams that could be interested in the big man.

The 25-year-old Olynyk was born in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. So the Raptors acquiring him will have some value in trying to please their fanbase. However, the seven-footer is also very good offensively although he is not a mobile and athletic big man who is known for his defense.

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Kelly Olynyk made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2014 after he was drafted the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Celtics are already deep in their center and forward rotations so giving up Olynyk could be a good idea for the team. Boston has Al Horford and Amir Johnson as starters and have Olynyk, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko as back-ups in the frontcourt.

Olynyk will be playing in his fourth year in the league but can hit free agency after the 2016-2017 NBA Season. Last year, Olynyk averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game and started 8 in 69 games for Boston in regular season. He struggled in the NBA Playoffs playing in just four postseason games.

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The Raptors will be mentioned in NBA rumors for Kelly Olynyk since they may want to add a backup center to Jonas Valanciunas after losing Bismack Biyombo in free agency.

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