Malik Beasley and Terrence Ross named as possible Cs trade targets

After the Brooklyn Nets strolled into the TD Garden, dominated the Boston Celtics, and forced fans in green everywhere to up their alcoholic intake on Thanksgiving eve, the uncomfortable feeling of not trusting the current roster is back in full effect.

Whether Robert Williams was in the lineup or not, the Cs weren’t likely to match the Nets’ offensive firepower. Brooklyn shot 40% from beyond the arc and shot 50% overall from the field.

The road to the NBA Finals could go through Brooklyn, but it may also involve matchups with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, or Washington Wizards…all teams that would be favored in a postseason series at the moment.

Reinforcements may be needed, and Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens is certainly not low on assets or motivation to improve in order to acquire some.

In answering a question from a reader in his Boston Celtics Mailbag, MassLive’s Brian Robb stated that Malik Beasley and Terrence Ross could be targets in a deal involving a package of Juan Hernangomez and a Cs young gun:

A player like Ross or Beasley isn’t going to do much as part of a trade offer for a star but could provide the Celtics with some reliable bench scoring with decent control.

That was attached to a qualifier, though:

However, whether they are worth the salary commitment beyond this season with Boston’s limited payroll flexibility is the bigger question. Both Ross and Beasley have gotten off to slow shooting starts this year so whether they are preferable all-around options over the likes of Langford/Richardson is a fair question. A cheaper player likely is more appealing for the front office.

Beasley and Ross may represent the best players available that wouldn’t break the bank. While, yes, there are certainly players (ie. Justin Holiday, Hamidou Diallo, or Troy Brown Jr.) with lower salaries and similar skillsets, those guys have a far lower ceiling.

Ross is a preferable option considering his lack of off-court drama, but either would be a valuable veteran sixth man on the Cs.

Sign the Houdini up for either of these options.