After a successful 2016/17 season, the Celtics were expected to make some big moves this summer. While they did sign NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward to the team, they've had a relatively quiet offseason. They didn't go after anyone else or trade their pick for another star, they are just simply being patient with the assets they have.
But with a number of rumors flying around out there, and the dysfunction surrounding the Cavaliers organization, Boston could have a real chance to compete right now if they make the right move.
Here are three players the Celtics could have their eye on before the next trade deadline hits:
The Grizzlies failed to improve their roster after a summer that saw a lot of other Western Conference teams load up with All-Stars. Sadly, Memphis looks to be on the downward trend. It may be time to rebuild and a 32-year-old Marc Gasol isn't the best way to do it. The Celtics have more than enough to offer the Grizzlies an intriguing trade package. They'd likely have to give up multiple picks along with Jae Crowder, Marcus Morris, and a young guy like Jaylen Brown. Even with how much Boston would have to give up, it'd probably be worth it. Gasol gives the team so much added offensive firepower and is a beast patrolling the paint.
Anthony Davis is a guy that every GM wants on their team. He can shoot, dunk, defend, and everything in between. As the best big man in the NBA, Davis would be a game changer for any team. If the Celtics slide Al Horford to Center and start Davis alongside him, it could form the best backcourt in the league. It'd be tough to pry him from the Pelicans, but if their season is a bust, the Celtics could make a convincing case. Like Memphis, to make the money work, Boston would have to give up a lot. Picks, some young guys, and Jae Crowder may be enough to get the job done.
Unless, by some miracle, the Cavs manage to repair their relationship with Kyrie Irving, he'll likely be on the move by the trade deadline in February. Just like most trades, the Celtics will be the front runners to grab him. The only catch? They'd almost surely have to trade Isaiah Thomas, who wouldn't want to play as Kyrie's sidekick. The trade package for Kyrie would probably include Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Jae Crowder. But for a player like Kyrie Irving, you'd be hard pressed not to pull the trigger. With Uncle Drew coming to town, Boston would finally have a young superstar point guard to take the reigns of a still very talented Celtics team.