NBA Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins, Jahlil Okafor among Celtics potential targets at the trade deadline

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The Boston Celtics are off to an okay start with a 3-2 record in the first two weeks of the season but they are slowly becoming the second best team in the Eastern Conference. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Celtics can solidify that by acquiring a player like DeMarcus Cousins or even Jahlil Okafor.

Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report believes that the Celtics are already the second-best team in the East behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. A short-handed Boston team beat the previously undefeated Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

“The Celtics are unique among the league’s upper tier in this regard: They’re built to win now and later. Wednesday served as more evidence that “later” might just mean April 2017—not two or three years down the line,” Hughes opined.

“And if the younger players on the roster develop in time to really help Horford and the vets, well…maybe Boston really has something here,” he added.

Even though they dropped Thursday’s game against the Cavaliers 128-122, the Celtics were without Jae Crowder and Al Horford. The Cavs were up for most of the game but they also had some rest, unlike the Celtics that were just playing the second game of a back-to-back.

One of the ways to improve the Celtics and take them to the next level is to acquire a third star like DeMarcus Cousins or Jahlil Okafor, per Matt Burke of The two players have been linked with Boston this offseason but no trade has come to reality.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is carefully planning his next move and it might come at the trade deadline. The Kings want to make the playoffs but they better make a decision quickly because he only has two years left on his deal and his value will be lower next season.

On the other hand, Okafor is not a star like Cousins just yet but as pointed out by Hughes, this Boston team is built to win now and later. Adding Okafor solidifies their present and future, and they only have to sacrifice a little for him unlike with DeMarcus Cousins.

Nevertheless, these are just NBA rumors at the moment and nothing has been confirmed. Please take it with a grain of salt.

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