The Boston Celtics could find themselves as active participants in offseason shenanigans, and this rising Atlanta Hawks star could be on their radar.
Being that the Boston Celtics are in the midst of their sixth consecutive postseason run and find themselves advancing to the second round for the fourth straight year, one could easily fall under the impression that massive offseason shakeups are likely out of the equation. After all, who would want to disrupt success as consistent as this?
That said, every team at the end of each season should thoroughly evaluate their roster, and look to see where they can make improvements, no matter how major or minor they may be.
Though the Cs may consist of one of the best core-fives in the association with Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, & Marcus Smart and managed to finish the 2019-20 regular season with the third-seed in the Eastern Conference, the team still finds themselves with a plethora of holes within their rotation that need to be filled.
From their lackluster secondary-scoring prowess to their less-than-stellar frontcourt rotation, Boston could certainly use for some fine-tuning. And, while both of these issues could very well be addressed via the upcoming NBA Draft — where they hold the rights to three first-round picks, including one lottery selection — Bleacher Report believes they could bolster their big-man rotation by acquiring one specific young talent.
Recently, the popular sports media publication released an article entitled Every NBA Team’s Dream Offseason Trade Target, and, obviously, the Boston Celtics found themselves on said list. In writer Greg Swartz’s opinion, the dream target for the Boston Celtics this offseason would be Atlanta Hawks third-year big-man John Collins.
His reasoning reads as follows:
If the Celtics want to keep their spacing and add a lob target for their talented collection of guards, John Collins would be an ideal fit.
The 22-year-old forward shot a career-high 40.1 percent from three this season, scoring 21.6 points while pulling down 10.1 rebounds per game. He’s still on his rookie contract, so the Celtics wouldn’t be forced to flip one of their big deals for him and could instead build a package based around draft picks and young players.
In the past, we have discussed the possibility of the Cs pursuing Collins this offseason and, frankly, we love the idea, so long as they can attain him without giving up the likes of either Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
His age, coupled with his specific skill set, and unbelievable athleticism make him a great fit — at least, on paper — with this young and promising shamrocks squad.
Eligible for a big contract-extension this offseason, should Atlanta find themselves hesitant to lock him up long-term, Danny Ainge should pick up the phone and pull out all the stops in regard to his legendary haggling skills.
The Boston Celtics hypothetically targeting John Collins this offseason via trade is an idea that, simply put, is Houdini approved!