If Bleacher Report is to be believed, Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens might not be done dealing yet this offseason.
Yeah, the Houdini can believe that.
Stevens has taken to the trade market to restructure the Cs rotation, which will be managed by rookie head coach Ime Udoka. He nabbed two potential starters in Al Horford and Josh Richardson and fortified the bench by landing the likes of Juan Hernangomez and Bruno Fernando.
B/R’s Greg Swartz believes the next move Boston makes could be nearly (or perhaps are) as seismic as the deal that landed Horford and Moses Brown from Oklahoma City and the follow-up Brown deal that landed Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks.
Check out four targets he sees as Cs possibilities:
"Players that would fit into [the Evan Fournier TPE] and could be available include Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams ($17.1 million), Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz ($16.5 million) and Washington Wizards forwards Davis Bertans ($16 million) and Kyle Kuzma ($13 million)."
Steven Adams would be immediately slotted into the center position upon arrival. While Robert Williams has risen meteorically the past two seasons, especially breaking out last year, Adams has been a proven durable starting pivot for teams that have made deep playoff runs, like the 2015-16 Thunder.
Markelle Fultz would also be someone Udoka would have to consider starting, of course if and only if he can regain his pre-injury form. His shooting (career 26% from downtown) could relegate him to a sixth man role, but if the Cs can be the team to get the most out of the former #1 overall pick’s career, he would be a steal from an Orlando Magic franchise grooming Cole Anthony to be their lead floor general.
As for Davis Bertans and Kyle Kuzma, both would be in a similar position to Juan Hernangomez as a backup 4. Neither would be a spectacular pickup, but both would move the needle for a Cs bench that could use more shooting.
I wouldn’t consider any of these targets immediate needs considering the level of competition for minutes Udoka will already be overseeing, but monitor the performance of the Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, and Washington Wizards. If they bottom out and the Boston Celtics struggle to compete with the Eastern Conference’s elite, a deal involving any of these players could make sense.