With the trade of the 1st pick to the 76ers, who are sold on Markelle Fultz, will have an incredible future lineup, but were the Celtics going to draft Fultz in the first place? Rumors have it the Celtics were contemplating on drafting Josh Jackson with the 1st pick. If that is true, the Celtics just added another first round pick. Can you say LEVERAGE?
With up to 7 - first round picks (2017 Nets, 2018 Nets, 2018 Own, 2019 Own, 2019 Memphis, 2019 Clippers, 2020 Own) and so many star free agents, the Celtics are in position for a huge offseason. What makes this year the best for them is the fact that they can acquire and trade for top players.
Top 3 Trades
On the Radar are many of the league's elite players and all it could take is 1 big trade to take down the King of the East. The Celtics would move up a step closer to taking down the Cavs and they have the assets to make it happen, but would a dump of picks be worthwhile? Yes. Boston has 7, including this year, first round picks and 6 - second round picks up until 2020 the question becomes, how many picks would it take to make these trades?
1. Trade for Anthony Davis
Any team that adds a prominent big man like Anthony Davis is setting up for a successful season. The reason this becomes a sensible trade is, we are unsure of the status for Boogie will he re-sign an extension or was he a rental? The Brow is locked down for 3 years. The Pelicans traded away last year's first round pick and won't have a pick this year, might as well begin building for the future. A package deal would have to include the 2017 3rd pick, Both of the 2018 first round picks, 2019 first round pick and Jae Crowder at the very least.
2. Trade for Jimmy Butler
Every team in contention excluding the Warriors is calling to inquire about Jimmy Buckets and that's because he does it all on both ends of the floor. Adding Jimmy to the current roster wouldn't necessarily put them over the Cavs, but it would definitely give them a potential edge to catch them off guard. Trading for Jimmy wouldn't be as expensive as it would for A.D. since he has 1 year in his contract remaining with the following year being a player option. The package would have to include the 2017 3rd pick, a future first and second round pick and Jaylen Brown.
3. Trade for DeMarcus Cousins
He will be essentially a rental unless the Luck 'o the Irish is well with them and manage to pull off a long term signing. None the less Boogie would be an extraordinary acquisition that can surely help Boston take a step closer to dominating the East. Let's not forget, Boogie is a young superstar with a lot of potentials and can change the dynamic of most teams in the League. Who knows, maybe the fans, the environment, and the better roster would be a perfect fit for both parties. The package would include the 2017 3rd pick, a future first and second round pick and Jae Crowder, high risk for high reward.
Top 2 Free Agents
Boston will have a little under $72 million committed by the beginning of the 2017-18 season and these 2 free agents will be seeking max contracts. Depending on how the Draft turns out or if they make a trade to acquire a top player the space to offer a big contract to one of these guys might be impossible.
1. Chase Gordon Hayward
He went from "Can I get an Opportunity?" to "Who wants to pay for my services?" He quietly met with Kobe Bryant for a week, after he lit them up for 60 in the final game, and worked on his game which ended up helping out tremendously. Now he has become an All-Star and will be sought out by every team especially the Celtics who could benefit from his defense and scoring abilities.
2. Chase Blake Griffin
If they can land Griffin, Boston can leverage Jae Crowder and their picks to potential suitors in a better trade package while also freeing up cap space. It's a big risk signing Blake as he is very injury prone, but when he's healthy, he can be a force to be reckoned with.