With the trade deadline looming on February 20, it seems as though nobody is untouchable on the Boston Celtics. That said, a move isn’t exactly necessary for the team – nor should it be expected.
Boston is a rebuilding team that has already made two trades this season. This takes pressure off the team to make a move. However, they also have solid players like Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green that contenders can use to make a run in the playoffs.
While it may be tempting to get assets for these guys, the Celtics already have a stockpile of draft picks over the next several years. It may actually be wise to hold on to Rondo, Green, and Bradley – all of whom compose the core of the team. It’s important to note that the trio is under contract for next season and they are all 27 or younger. This means they are young enough to be a part of the rebuilding process.
Despite this, if the Celtics get an offer they can’t refuse for anyone on their team, they will likely do it. None of these guys on their team are transcendent building blocks to a championship. The team hopes to draft that guy this June in the draft. Until then, consider everyone on the team untouchable.
The most likely player to be shipped is Brandon Bass. The forward has had a solid season thus far, averaging 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 47 percent shooting. Bass also has 54 games of playoff experience in his career which means he’ll bring a young team veteran leadership. Finally, he’s under contract for next year, too, which means he won’t be a rental player for a team that acquires him.
Most importantly, the Celtics are stacked at the power forward position. They already have Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Gerald Wallace, and Kris Humphries. All of these guys have experience at the four. Consequently, Boston can afford to part ways with Bass. He can probably help them land a second-round pick and an expiring contract to help them clear more cap space heading into the offseason.
Speaking of draft picks, the Celtics are in an interesting situation this season. Even though they are rebuilding and are considered sellers in the market, they could actually become buyers if they see a player that they like. The reason for this is because of their draft pick situation. They just have so many first-round draft picks over the next several years that they can afford to give one up for a player that they think can help them in the near future. First-round draft picks are extremely valuable and teams may be willing to give up a B to B-plus player for one.
Boston is also not far behind from a playoff spot. They have won four of their last five games and are only four and a half games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth seed. An acquisition can help propel them to a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference.
It’s an unlikely situation, but it’s definitely in the realm of possibilities if the Celtics like what they see. What most likely will happen is that the Celtics will make a minor trade or none at all because of the fact that they have already made a pair of transactions this season.