In sifting through the wish-list of the Boston Celtics on the buyout market, one needs to consider where these buyout candidates are coming from. These 3 teams are those the C’s should keep an eye on.
Well folks, the NBA trade deadline has come and gone. Even though it was uneventful for the Boston Celtics, it certainly wasn’t for other teams.
The Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets got things going with a four-team, 12-player blockbuster. Clint Capela was sent to Atlanta to give Trae Young support, while Robert Covington was moved to the Rockets to fully unlock the 5-out small-ball style that Mike D’Antoni was successfully tinkering with in recent weeks.
Minnesota didn’t end there, though, as they jettisoned Andrew Wiggins and a pair of draft picks (one in the first round) to the Golden State Warriors for D’Angelo Russell. The Miami Heat were the other most active team in the frenzy, landing Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder in an all-in move to strengthen their standing in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Danny Ainge sat back and let the deadline pass without so much making even a ripple in the trade waters. We now he tried landing Davis Bertans but wouldn’t meet the asking price of a few first round draft choices.
We’ll see how that ultimately pans out, but the lack of tinkering from the Boston Celtics front office means that the team is either satisfied with its roster, or has the buyout market in mind.
In the case of the latter, here are three teams near the bottom of the standings that the Boston Celtics should keep an eye on in case of a buyout: