Tuesday night, it was announced that the Boston Celtics finally got the wheels moving on their 2022 trade season, as Brad Stevens and co. took part in a three-team deal that wound up landing the franchise Bol Bol and PJ Dozier from the Denver Nuggets.
Now, while this transaction certainly was an intriguing one for the C’s to take part in, by no means should it be the only move made between now and February’s deadline for, frankly, the team needs far more than two injury-riddled players where, at best, only one will see on-court action this year and, at worst yet still very realistic, neither will until 2022-23.
Luckily for Boston, there’s still time for them to engage with other ball clubs to try and acquire some more talents to help better their roster moving forward, and there are many routes this front office can take to try and accomplish this goal.
From small deals like ones that land them a much-needed spark-plug bench scorer to flat-out blockbusters to bring on a third star, fans of the organization have seen a myriad of hypothetical trades concocted and trade targets listed that could help aid in the team’s desire to see a midseason turnaround.
However, amongst these proposals, we at HH have also seen a fair share of head-scratching ideas, one of which being the concept of seeing the Boston Celtics split up their young All-Star tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Though we are certainly under the impression that such a breakup should not be on the table, as we’ve already seen them achieve quite a bit of success whilst running alongside one another and believe all they need is a third piece to help better compliment their respective games, this hasn’t stopped other media outlets from thinking up scenarios where opposing ball clubs wind up landing one of the talented wings via trade.
Just recently, in fact, Dalton Trigg of Sports Illustrated’s FanNation thought up a deal that would, in theory, send Brown to the Dallas Mavericks.
The exact package concocted reads as follows:
In the past, we at the Houdini have discussed the concept of seeing both Jalen Brunson and Kristaps Porzingis donning green and white threads, and, even in Trigg’s piece, he referenced one of our own articles that delved into the idea of the big man coming aboard.
This season, both aforementioned talents find themselves producing quite admirably, with Brunson posting 16.0 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.8 rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the floor while Porzingis is averaging 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 45 percent shooting from deep.
In truth, the duo could theoretically fit in quite well alongside Tatum, as their games would seem to complement each other rather nicely and, in turn, they’d formulate a nice new young trio to help guide the ball club back up towards a more desirable placement within the Eastern Conference leaderboard.
That said, the ultimate question is, do these players actually give the Boston Celtics a better chance at contending than, say, if they were to keep the Jays intact and then go on to find a third piece down the line, be it at the point guard position (ideal targets: Dejounte Murray, Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard) or in the frontcourt (ideal targets: Domantas Sabonis, John Collins, Christian Wood)?
Again, though the duo from the Mavericks could easily prove to be solid players to have run alongside Tatum, we’re going to have to go with no on this one.
As things currently stand, neither Brunson nor KP have shown that they possess the same two-way upside that Jaylen Brown has thus far into his career, especially when considering the latter’s extensive injury history.
Add in the fact that Porzingis’ current contract is ultimately worth $15 million more than Brown’s and Brunson himself is up for a rather lucrative extension and you’re not only looking at more players to have on the roster but also a lot more money being attached to the C’s already inflated payroll.
Though Trigg’s proposal isn’t necessarily bad/ unfair, in the end, we don’t see it as being all that worth it for the Boston Celtics to consider.
What say you C’s fans?
Would you do this proposed deal, or are you in agreeance with us?
Whatever your thoughts are, go ahead and leave them in the comment section below!