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The Boston Celtics slipped to 10-12 on the road after losing to the Orlando Magic on saturday. The Celtics are now 27-15 overall, and are 5th in the eastern conference, far below the standard that was expected out of boston this season.
The Celtics now find themselves in an interesting position in the east. When they compare rosters with the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston roster comes up inferior. Boston has relied heavily on players who can’t produce big numbers consistently, such as Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and Jayson Tatum. All three of these players are averaging over 27 minutes for Boston, which is just not high quality enough of a lineup to have a serious shot at a deep playoff run. Philadelphia was able to add Jimmy Butler to their core, while Toronto made the biggest move of last summer, bringing in Kawhi Leonard. Overall, the eastern conference has improved drastically over the last 6 months, but Boston has stayed the same.
Teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers are playing at consistently high levels, making it difficult for Boston to gain ground in the standings. It seems as if the Celtics are coming to a point that would force a trade in order to make a change. The roster needs improvement if Boston has any desire to compete in the postseason.
Fortunately for the Celtics, they have many tradable assets that have the potential to initiate a trade. Guard Marcus Smart is a high level defender who would be a great piece to add to a playoff caliber team, and Jayson Tatum is a young prospect who would be a exciting player to be able to build around. Look for these two players to be involved in a trade if Boston is going to be active in the trade market.
Anthony Davis has been heavily rumored to be traded to either LA or Boston, but it doesn’t seem as if Boston is willing to move enough pieces in order to obtain Davis. Instead, a couple more realistic targets seem to be Bradley Beal, Kemba Walker, and Jabari Parker. Kemba Walker would be a great addition. The guard is averaging 24.9 points a game this year, and is playing on an expiring contract, and could be a huge piece for Boston if they were to take the risk on signing him. Bradley Beal is a high level talent, averaging 24.4 points a game this year and has expressed his willingness to find a new home, with Boston being a great landing spot for the guard. These two are among many that have been linked to reinforcing the struggling Celtics in Boston.