And while it might not be blockbuster deals going down with the Celtics, the expectation is that Boston will be an active participant in trade calls as the month of January melts into February.
“Do the Celtics dare trade one of their star wing players,” asks Powell, “Or hold tight with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown?”
More evidence to suggest the Vanderbilt product needs regular minutes to develop.
“Most likely, the Celtics are searching for a creative point guard – someone like the Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson? – and could dangle Marcus Smart instead. Too often in the fourth quarter, the Celtics lack direction and leadership on the floor. That’s why they’ve blown a number of big leads. Previous experiments with Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker fizzled, and now, the search for a pass-first point guard continues.”
“Smart has value because he’s a top defensive guard; any team with a craving need for what he brings will make offers,” he suggests. Co/0tBapQGkhx
– The Celtics Wire January 12, 2022
“Other than Tatum, Brown, and Smart, the Celtics don’t have any players with great trade value, so if Boston is active by the deadline and wants big changes, one of those three will be moved,” observes Powell.