Tonight, the Boston Celtics take to the hardwood in Atlanta to take on the Hawks. Here are three players that the C’s should pursue in a deal with tonight’s opponent.
With the NBA trade deadline imminently approaching, now is the time for rebuilding teams to cash in on assets for draft stock and for contenders to push their chips to the middle of the table in hopes of making the necessary splash to go on a deep playoff run. The Atlanta Hawks are the former. The Boston Celtics are the latter.
After defeating the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, C’s fans may finally feel as though their squad can handle any team in a playoff series. While they don’t own a win over the Indiana Pacers (yet), they have now beaten every other Eastern Conference playoff contender.
Tonight’s game in A-town is somewhat of a “stay fresh” contest, but all too often these are the types of games that become trap games. While Trae Young is a legitimate All-Star candidate, there are other players up and down the Hawks roster that could do damage if not taken seriously.
Some of these players may well fit the profile of a trade candidate Danny Ainge should pursue. With a major deal for a player of Andre Drummond‘s caliber may seem out of reach–with the Boston Celtics among other teams pulling themselves out of the running for the 2016 All-NBA center–there could be room for a smaller splash.
Here are 3 Atlanta Hawks that could be fits in a potential deal or through the buyout market: