With the Boston Celtics continuing to trade off wins and losses, deconstruction of the current roster–of course juxtaposed with the hope of an upgrade at the trade deadline–seems inevitable.
Everybody knows that the middle of the pack is the worst place to be in the NBA, but the team as currently constructed is destined for it.
Boston’s opponent tonight, the Miami Heat, has the Eastern Conference’s best record despite frequently missing key contributors. Kyle Lowry will be absent tonight, and yet Boston hasn’t proven trustworthy enough to take advantage of it. The Atlanta Hawks certainly had no issue with the Cs this past Friday night.
Change is necessary, whether the team wins or loses tonight. Chowder and Champions’ Owen Crisafulli agrees.
He sees Dennis Schroder as one of the targets, claiming that Boston has a backup deserving of more minutes:
"Boston would be better served moving Schroder and finding out what they actually have in Pritchard at this point."
Al Horford is the other Celtic he feels should be on the trade block, and for the same reason:
"It’s a shame Horford’ second stint with the Celtics hasn’t gone as planned, but it’s time to move on from the veteran big man and give the guy behind him a chance to shine."
It’s time to let the kids shine. That is, unless you could get solid value back in a deal that would supplant the team’s current second unit situation.
Horford’s $28 million could fetch a range of options, while Schroder’s deal could be used for a future first-round draft pick from a contender, or multiple second round picks at worst (one would hope) instead.
We’re officially 10 days away until the NBA trade deadline, so start your countdown clock every time you see the pair play from now until then. It could be one of the final times either guy does given the current status of the Boston Celtics.