With the NBA’s 2023 trade deadline approaching in less than a month, the interest in changing the rosters of favorite ball clubs is becoming an increasingly popular pastime among fans of the Boston Celtics and the league’s other 29 teams.
League analysts are on fire to help spread trade ideas with their suggestions, and in addition to the players who became available for trade at the unofficial start of this year’s trade season on Dec. 15, we’ll see: A new batch of players becomes available for trade on January 15th after their trade limit for deals signed in the offseason lifts.
Our friends over at our sister site, the Hoops Hype podcast of the same name, Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan put together a list of the best such players available tomorrow.
While some bigger names like Zach LaVine, Bradley Beal and Deandre Ayton are likely more than Boston will consider, the trio of players they mention could be options the Celtics could pursue if they’re in the running. take a bigger step ahead of it all. year’s February trade deadline.
Let’s dive into three who could make sense for Boston.
Mo Bamba – Center – Orlando Magic
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“When the Magic signed Mo Bamba to a two-year deal that included a non-guaranteed second season, several around the league viewed him as a potential trade chip to be flipped later when Orlando eventually needed to consolidate its roster.” suggests Scott.
If Boston wanted to feel more comfortable with its big man depth, Bamba’s $10.3 million contract would require Danilo Gallinari to move the payroll to work, but the non-guarantee for next season offers some insurance if things go badly.
With 3 seconds left in this year’s draft, Boston could make a serious offer if they include Peyton Pritchard in a deal that Scott doesn’t see the Magic taking first, but that’s probably the least likely of the three options that have been discussed. from: A H/H that could be likely if the two teams’ interests align.
Chris Boucher – Forward – Toronto Raptors
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“There’s a belief among some around the league that Toronto will be more active in trade talks in mid-January,” Scotto shared, which makes sense because, as Gozlan points out, the team looks like “they have to sort things out with their core.” with many of them soon to be raised.’
The former believes it would take a blockbuster deal to land the nearly 30-plus big man, and he’s not an ideal fit for Boston, but given his ability to play the big man position, bringing him in could make sense for Boston at the right price. .
But the fact that Boston would require a multi-team deal or a 3-for-1 trade makes us think this is the least likely of the three mentioned by H/H.
Cody Martin – Forward – Charlotte Hornets
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Gozlan believes the Hornets will be sellers at the deadline, and while they have no incentive to move Martin, the right package could make them consider a trade.
“He’s on a great contract for about $8 million a year, and the fourth year is not guaranteed,” he said. Would an offer that sends a decent second-round pick plus Pritchard get the deal done?
While Martin, as Gozlan points out, fits the Hornets’ schedule, Pritchard is an even better fit at 21 and could offer some distance Charlotte sorely lacks.
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Of the three top trade candidates discussed by the Hoops Hype duo that will be available for trade starting January 15th, we’re not particularly enamored with any of the options.
We think it’s more likely that any trade action coming out of Boston’s front office will come from the player pool currently available and likely be closer to the veteran minimum than these types of players, given the importance of chemistry among the Celtics’ higher-paid roster. players
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