The Boston Celtics are still lacking another NBA star to increase their chance of beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. Former player and current Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said recently that they are still looking for trades to improve the team but that he is comfortable with the current line-up going into the regular season.
The Celtics got Al Horford in free agency and the star center is expected to have a major role in Boston in the new NBA season. Their core is intact with Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley all more experienced after losing in the NBA Playoffs the previous seasons.
“We’re trying to find deals. And sometimes you have to make small deals in order to be able to have big deals,” Ainge admitted via TheRinger.com.
“You have to put yourself in position with good young players and good contracts and future assets. It puts us in the game if there’s a player that becomes available in the trade market, but they have to like those young players and assets.”
Ainge is referring to young prospect Jaylen Brown, whom they got in the recent NBA Draft and they also have the Brooklyn Nets’ first round pick in the next draft, which is expected to be a lottery selection.
Ainge admitted that they want to be more patient even with lots of trade assets available.
“In the meantime, we’re not sitting around and waiting for something like that to happen. We’re trying to make something like that happen, but we’re not just chasing every player out there.”
Three names have cropped up in recent NBA trade rumors involving the Celtics. Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls was one of the favorite trade targets by fans at around the time of the NBA draft last June.
Jahlil Okafor, who is on the trading block in Philadelphia, is another name mentioned and could be a good fit alongside veteran Horford. Blake Griffin and his expiring contract is also a possibility because the Clippers might want to rebuild around younger guys if they can’t contend in the new NBA season.
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