Boston Celtics: 2 potential Marcus Smart-Atlanta Hawks trades

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Why the Boston Celtics do it

Like the previous deal, giving up Smart to acquire Collins and Bogdanovic is the ultimate goal of the deal. However, this deal has the added benefit of not surrendering any first-round draft picks in the future, giving the Cs flexibility in future trades to improve the bottom line.

Also, Terrence Ross’s 3-point sniping is added to a bench that has had struggles scoring in 2020-21. The Washington product shoots 37% from beyond the arc for his career, but just two seasons ago that number was as high as over 38% on over seven 3-point attempts per game.

Why the Atlanta Hawks do it

Atlanta is the big winner of this deal, adding an All-Star big man and former defensive player of the year in one fell swoop. Nikola Vucevic would be the perfect star complement to Trae Young, with his floor-stretching abilities opening up driving lanes and giving Young a knockdown shooter to kick it out to.

Smart is also a perfect complement to Young, being that he can cover the toughest assignments on the perimeter. That would give Young the ability to exert less energy on the defensive end and focus more on hoisting up 3-pointers at a historic rate.

Why the Orlando Magic do it

The Magic are rebuilding, so receiving four future picks–including three first-rounders–would be the best way to move on from their best player and one of their most consistent veterans in favor of tanking in 2020-21 and having more draft picks in 2021 and beyond.

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