Rumor: Celtics chasing extra first-round pick for Marcus Smart in hopes of flipping it for Lou Williams or Tyreke Evans
The Boston Celtics have already made a snatch in this trade deadline by acquiring the recently-bought-out Greg Monroe from waivers. In the wake of his signing, the club is reported to want an extra first-round pick in return for injured hybrid guard Marcus Smart, in hopes to flip it to acquire Lou Williams or Tyreke Evans — according to Marc Stein of The New York Times — two of the top scoring talents available in the trade market.
The Celtics are running out of time with only two days left before the deadline, as trying to swing two deals in hopes of getting one player can turn into quite the task with limited time to pull it off.
Evans is having his best season in the league since his rookie year with the Sacramento Kings, posting 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game — one of the very few shining pieces of the Memphis Grizzlies, in what’s been a disappointing season. He is being held out from any playing time until the organization can work out a suitable trade.
Williams is in the midst of a career-year with the Clippers, averaging 23.3 points and 5.3 assists per game as the spark plug off the bench.
Both players could signify a major upgrade in the starting lineup or off the bench, as head coach Brad Stevens has been known to make the best out of his players’ talents.
But the Celtics are simply running out of time to make a trade as delicate as this take place with only a couple of days left to turn water into wine.