Loading for a bunch of assets the last couple of years or so, the Boston Celtics could finally be looking for a return of investment this season with reports that the franchise has inquired about the availability of Atlanta Hawks’ stars Jeff Teague and Al Horford in possible NBA trades before the trade deadline this February.
At first glance, it would appear that the Hawks would be on the shorter end of the stick of any Boston-Atlanta deal in these NBA rumors.
However, looking again at the Celtics’ “assets”—either in form of young prospects or future draft picks– it becomes clearer that a trade between the Celtics and Hawks is a possibility, especially if the latter decides to start their rebuilding and/or reloading process.
Exactly, what are these Celtics’ trade assets? Just for the 2016 NBA Draft, here are the picks, which rights belong to Boston (Via RealGM):
Brooklyn Nets’ 2016 First Round Pick (no protection)
Dallas Mavericks’ 2016 First Round Pick (protected from No. 1 to No. 7 selections)
Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2016 First Round Pick (protected from No. 1 to No. 12 selections)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 Second Round Pick
Dallas Mavericks’ 2016 Second Round Pick (either their own or Memphis Grizzlies’ second rounder)
Miami Heat’s 2016 Second Round Pick
That’s potentially three first round picks for 2016 alone plus another three in the second round. Not to mention the Nets are completely struggling this season with a 12-36 win-loss record and on their way to a lottery selection, so value of that Brooklyn pick is very high in the Ben Simmons-led rookie draft.
If that’s not enough for the Hawks to give up either Horford or Teague or both, the Celtics can also entice them with even more picks for the future;
Nets’ 2018 First Round Pick (no protection)
Cavaliers’ 2017 Second Round Pick
Los Angeles Clippers’ 2017 Second Round Pick
Detroit Pistons’ 2019 Second Round Pick
Heat’s 2020 Second Round Pick
Finally, in addition to the future picks, the Celtics also have a deep line-up and the Hawks can practically shop from any position with hopes that they can improve their depth to replace Horford and/or Teague.
At the guards spot, the Celtics have Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley and all three are able replacement in running the point guard position in lieu of Teague.
At the forwards and big man spots, the Celtics have Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk as possible trade baits.
Should the Hawks start their rebuilding process this season? Do the Celtics have enough trade assets to convince Atlanta for a possible deal? Will the NBA rumors involving Boston trades persist because of the Celtics ability to offer multiple packages?
The NBA trade deadline is on Feb. 18, 2016.
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