Boston Celtics land two quality role players, Dallas add backcourt mate for Luka
In the report that claimed the Boston Celtics could be in the market to deal away Marcus Smart this summer, it was stated that a high-ranking Eastern Conference executive told Sports Illustrated that his value would likely be somewhere along the lines of “a first-round pick and a rotational player.”
Due to the fact that the Cs already have all their first-round picks intact moving forward, and that they’ll probably only be able to nab a projected back-end first-rounder from any interested buyers, perhaps they should instead look to bring aboard more than just one rotational player to help better fill out the roster rather than pursue the capital.
Because of this, we feel that a tweak to a previous trade idea by our very own Jack Simone could prove to be of great benefit for this Cs squad heading into 2020-21.
With the inclusion of Kleber, the Cs wind up bringing on a legitimate option to serve as the team’s starting power forward, thus allowing head coach Ime Udoka to shimmy Jayson Tatum back into his natural position at the three if they so choose.
The fourth-year veteran may not be that highly-coveted star that all championship aspiring teams long for, but he’s a big body (6-10, 240-pounds) who can space the floor and play solid defense. This past season, he posted per-game averages of 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and just shy of a block on 41 percent shooting from deep.
The acquisition of Finney-Smith is also a low-key good grab for the Boston Celtics, as he’d be a great backup option at the forward position to come off the pine where he’d fit right in with his tough-nosed defensive prowess and help out on the offensive side of the ball with his crafty scoring abilities (averaged 9.8 points on 47 percent shooting from the floor and 39 percent shooting from deep).
As for Dallas, they get a Swiss Army type of player who can help Luka Doncic as his backcourt running mate in so many different ways.
From his ability to distribute and properly run an offense (averaged 5.7 assists last season) to his willingness to take command of an opposing team’s top player on the defensive end of the ball (a 2x NBA All-Defensive selection), Smart would be able to take a sizable amount of pressure off of the Mavs star which would allow him to focus his attention more on scoring the basketball.