The Boston Celtics have underperformed this season as they are 14-14 and 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown has not been enough to get the Celtics over the hump. Boston is one of the most historic franchises in the NBA, and their fans not only expect to be competitive but to win championships.
It would be hard to break up this duo, which is why the Celtics should instead pursue another star. This could create a three-headed monster and make them one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference once again. They have Tatum and Brown as the forwards, which means they should pursue a guard or center in a trade.
That being said, here are the three best trades the Celtics must make to get another star to play with Tatum and Brown.
3. Jerami Grant for Al Horford, Grant Williams, and two-future first-round picks
While Grant would not fit the Celtics’ needs at guard or center, he would be a great addition. Trading for Grant would move Brown back to shooting guard and create a solid big three. If the Detroit Pistons are keen on trading Grant, they could take a package like this. They would be getting back a young player in Grant Williams, along with Al Horford and future-first round picks. Horford would be in this trade to make the contracts match up, and Detroit could decide what to do with him later.
For the Celtics, they get back a great scorer and defender that would add another element to their team. This season, Grant is averaging 20.1 points per game and 4.8 rebounds. He is currently out with a thumb injury, but Boston could still use a player of his caliber. If the Pistons decide to move on from Grant, the Celtics should give them a call.
2. Dejounte Murray for Josh Richardson, Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, and two-future first-round picks
Dejounte Murray is in the midst of a career year and would be a perfect addition at point guard for the Celtics. That being said, he will be very difficult to trade for as the San Antonio Spurs likely want to build around him. This package would match the salaries, giving the Spurs a solid wing in Richardson, two young players, and a couple of first-round picks. It would be a solid return for San Antonio if they decide to move on from Murray.
Murray is averaging 17.7 points per game, along with 8.3 rebounds and 8.4 assists. He is also averaging 1.9 steals per game, showcasing his elite defensive ability. Murray would be a great point guard alongside Tatum and Brown as he can do it all. This would create a great big three for now and the future.
A trade for Murray would be difficult to pull off, but if the Celtics can get it done, they will become contenders in the Eastern Conference.
1. Domantas Sabonis for Josh Richardson, Grant Williams, Payton Pritchard, and two-future first-round picks
Domantas Sabonis has been the subject of many trade rumors as the Indiana Pacers head toward a rebuild. The weakness of the Celtics roster over the last few years has been their center position. The two-time All-Star could fill that role and add another dynamic to Boston’s offense. With the Pacers reportedly shopping him, this is a trade that the Celtics could pull off.
Sabonis is averaging 18.5 points per game and 11.9 rebounds. His unique offensive skillset would help their offense become hard to stop. Tatum and Brown can score at all three levels but are perimeter players, so Sabonis’ post presence would be phenomenal.
Sending away a solid wing in Richardson along with two young players and two first-round picks would be an enticing offer. Richardson could be used in another trade for Indiana if they wanted to acquire more draft picks. Williams has been a solid young player and is having a career year. He is averaging 7.5 points per game while shooting 45.3 percent from three. A solid young big that can stretch the floor would be an ideal piece for Indiana to acquire. Pritchard is still a question mark in his young career, but a new situation could bring out the best in him.
The Celtics have some franchise-altering choices to make soon, and it will be interesting to see if they make a big move at the trade deadline.