As we continue to inch closer and closer to the NBA’s February trade deadline, Boston Celtics fans are pleading for Brad Stevens and co. to look into making a move that could go on to better the team moving forward.
After an impressive come-from-behind victory this past Monday over the New Orleans Pelicans, the C’s find themselves at above a .500 record for the first time since early December, but this twist of fate should certainly not be viewed as enough to convince the ball club that they can get away with keeping their roster completely intact throughout the rest of this campaign.
In fact, it’s quite the contrary, for now, what with the fact that they’ve managed to rattle off five wins in six outings, some of the team’s most valuable trade assets not named Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have, in turn, managed to raise their stock with some truly impressive play during this stretch, and perhaps no other player has had their trade value risen as high as Dennis Schroder’s.
During this stretch, the veteran baller has played at a rather efficient rate, dropping 12.3 points, five dimes, and three boards on 46 percent shooting from the floor and 50 percent shooting from deep.
However, it is his production within the starting lineup (has slotted in the first five four times during this streak) that has him really rising the ranks, as he’s averaging 15.8 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.8 assists 52 percent shooting from the floor and 62 percent shooting from deep during these games.
Already it has been known just how impressive Schroder has proven to be for the Boston Celtics when serving as a starter this season and, because of this, many believe this narrative could be a main selling point on the trade market.
Though we at HH have grown rather fond of the point guard and his contributions for the shamrocks this year, we understand that the front office could be convinced to offload him for a myriad of reasons, and the folks at Bleacher Report are even going out on a limb and predicting that the C’s will trade him away by the deadline simply to duck the luxury tax.
Citing the team’s struggles despite having two of the best young players in the association today in tow, writer Zach Buckley seems convinced that this alone is a major reason why Boston should not be ok with ‘taking a luxury-tax hit’ and figures that trading away their free agency steal of a signing would be the simplest way of ducking out on this potential problem:
"Are the Celtics good? The answer seems like it should be obvious, as any team with an All-Star tandem like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown sounds potentially superpowered.But Boston is a game under .500 since the start of last season. That’s a large enough sample size to wonder whether this really is as good as it will get for this group.Either way, the fact that it’s hard to say how good the Shamrocks are—or if they’re good at all—means that it should be impossible for this franchise to justify taking a luxury-tax hit. The Celtics can duck under the tax by trading Dennis Schroder, who hasn’t been the cleanest fit and wouldn’t be easy to re-sign this summer. It’s one of the most obvious moves on the board."
Now, while there are certainly other ways of saving themselves from extending into the luxury tax area, Buckley is absolutely right to state that dealing away Schroder would unequivocally be the simplest way for them to evade.
Now the only question is, what could the franchise bring back in exchange for the 28-year-old?
What say you Boston Celtics fans?
Let us know what you believe a Dennis Schroder trade could bring the C’s in the comment section below!