Could the Boston Celtics have a trade in mind for Portland Trail Blazers veteran guard C.J. McCollum? Perhaps not, but there’s interest in the Blazers guard in Boston according to The Athletic’s Jason Quick. That’s where the easy part stops and the brass tacks begin, and it is not clear that Boston has the right assets, that Portland would be disposed to such a move, and that the team won’t want to try out veteran guard Marcus Smart at the point for a while as well.
“I’ve heard Boston could be interested in a player like McCollum, and I’ve always thought Marcus Smart and his defense would be a great pairing in Portland.”
It would likely require one of Boston’s young wings and draft assets as well, though perhaps not so many if an amicable sign-and-trade option were amenable to all parties – and hard-capping the Blazers roster a realistic option.
But there is a logic here worth exploring if Smart makes it clear his future in Boston is not necessarily a given.