Boston Celtics land Sexton, Cavaliers bring on picks & complimentary pieces
Obviously, when it comes to a 22-year-old who just went on to drop season averages of 24.3 points, 4.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and a steal per game on 48 percent shooting from the floor and 37 percent shooting from deep, a healthy serving of player value and draft capital must be on the table when it comes to discussing a return package heading towards the team he’s leaving.
Because of this, a deal centered around arguably the most promising young player on the Boston Celtics in Aaron Nesmith should be a solid start in trade conversations.
Though he was relatively ineffective during the beginning stages of his rookie campaign, this was to be somewhat expected as he was coming off of a season-ending lower-body injury during his final year at Vanderbilt.
As time went on, however, during the final month or so of the year, the 21-year-old showed glimpses of the man who dropped 23 points on 52 percent shooting from deep in his last collegiate season, especially during the latter part of April and into early May where he was averaging 12 points and 5.3 boards on a whopping 64 percent shooting from the floor and 58 percent shooting from deep.
The 14th overall pick from the 2020 NBA Draft was deemed as the best shooter of his class when coming in, and at his position coupled with his skill set and youth, he could prove to be a solid grab for the rebuilding Cavaliers who has the potential to really help compliment guard Darius Garland and potential replacement for Sexton, Jalen Suggs.
They also bring on second-year forward, Grant Williams, to help space out their frontcourt, a pair of future second-round picks, and a top-12 protected first-rounder in 2023.
As for the Boston Celtics, they obviously bring aboard Sexton — the whole point of this piece — to serve as a stellar third building block who fits the timeline of stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown beautifully and, an aspect of this transaction that must not be forgotten, such a move bolster’s their weakest position at the one in the process.