The Boston Celtics may find themselves on somewhat of a hot streak since the new year commenced, notching four wins in six total games including two that saw truly dominant performances from beginning to end, but they mustn’t let this positive trend sway them away from accomplishing something that still must be done — mid-season trading.
For the second consecutive campaign, the shamrocks have managed to underwhelm tremendously and, while there are certainly several contributing factors as to why one of the biggest reasons for this lackluster year thus far has been due to their not so menacing roster.
Now yes, while having the likes of All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown alone give this team a fighting chance on virtually any given night, ultimately it has become more than apparent that, in order to find sustained success Boston is going to have to make some adjustments and, frankly, improvements to their supporting cast.
Through 42 games played there have proven to be multiple glaring issues found within the C’s rotation that at some point soon must be addressed if they wish to have a reasonable shot at turning their season around.
Being that we find ourselves right in the swing of trade season, today we will be discussing 3 targets that we believe could help fix Boston’s biggest needs (according to the folks at Bleacher Report):
“Offensive orchestrator” for the Boston Celtics: Derrick White
While we at HH obviously would love to see the Boston Celtics trade for the likes of Dejounte Murray should they ever find themselves engaging with the San Antonio Spurs this trade season, we’re also very much aware that the price it would take to actually get him will almost certainly be overwhelmingly high.
Now, is he worth such a tag? To us, the answer is yes, for he’s that talented but, should the C’s not wish to cough up a ton of assets in a package, a cheaper option on the same team who can at least help boost the team’s facilitation game could prove to be Murray’s backcourt mate, Derrick White.
With every passing year throughout his career, it has appeared that the guard has managed to become more of a well-rounded talent and now, in season five, the 27-year-old finds himself boasting solid all around averages of 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and just shy of a block on 42 percent shooting from the floor.
Though he has spent the majority of this year playing off-ball, ceding touches to their rising star point guard, when given the opportunity to lead San Antonio’s offense as the main floor general White has only proven to shine.
During the five games Murray missed in late December due to COVID protocols, the former UCCS stud went on to post impressive averages of 14.6 points, 8.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and a block on 44 percent shooting from the field.
A quality two-way guard still on the right side of 30 who can be acquired by means of the Evan Fournier TPE if need be (making $15.1 million this year), taking on a guy like Derrick White may not be the home-run move fans are hoping to see, but could be one that helps boost the team’s offensive play, particularly when it comes to distribution.