Thursday marks the unofficial start to NBA trade season and it doesn’t look like the Boston Celtics are planning on being very busy. The NBA has many restrictions on when and who teams can trade. On Dec. 15, the first of those restrictions was lifted. Players that signed a new contract before Sept. 15 are now eligible to be included in trades until the trade deadline on Feb. 9. Boston is a league-best 22-7 to start the new season and they haven’t seemed to need an upgrade in any area.
The Cs have gotten strong contributions from just about everyone that’s suited up for them this season. This was a welcome surprise as there was some thought that they could use some extra depth down low before the season started. With fans and analysts knowing that Robert Williams III was going to miss some time while recovering from knee surgery, there was some angst about the team’s presence in the paint. With that being said, the angst was all for not. Al Horford has been fantastic despite playing a long grueling season last year, Blake Griffin has been solid in games when Horford has been out, and Luke Kornet has stepped up big time off of the bench.
Those are all reasons why Wednesday’s report from Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer should be no surprise to the Boston Celtics community. Fischer explained that there is interest around the association surrounding San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl, but the Celtics aren’t one of the teams involved. Instead, potential suitors include the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls. Fischer explained Boston’s lack of involvement, writing:
"“Boston has been linked to Poeltl in the past, however, the league-best Celtics don’t appear very active in the early trade chatter around the league.”"
Poeltl was a player that was often suggested as a Celtics trade target when there was more uncertainty surrounding their center rotation. The Austrian center has been playing well this season, averaging about 13 points and 10 rebounds, all while shooting an efficient 64% from the field. Those numbers, as well as his bargain contract, make Poeltl a desirable trade target for teams around the league, just not for the Boston Celtics.