Another day, another sweep through one of the NBA’s six divisions to scour each team in search of a trade target for the Boston Celtics this offseason.
As the Houdini searches far and wide for potential Boston Celtics additions via what could be a busy trade season this summer, we reach one of the premier divisions in the entire league: the Pacific division.
Historically, the Pacific has had some of the most dominant teams in the history of the league. The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the 1980’s when the Celtics weren’t winning titles of their own. More recently, the Golden State Warriors won three titles in five years and broke the all-time regular-season wins record.
This season, the two top dogs in the west both hail in the Pacific division and the city of Los Angeles. The Clippers have had some of the best games of the season against the C’s in 2019-20 and could break through and clinch their first NBA Finals berth. Then of course there’s LeBron James and the Lakers, who look every bit a contender.
And then…there’s the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns. Both franchises were relevant in the early to mid-2000s, and in Phoenix’s case up until Steve Nash led the franchise in 2012. That said, they have been punching bags for the better part of the last decade, though to their credit were invited to the Orlando bubble to finish the season and contend for a playoff spot.
Boston could engage any of these teams with their league-best hoard of assets. Here is one trade target from every team the C’s could deal for: