The Boston Celtics have a point guard. His name is Marcus Smart. They also have a superstar duo in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown that just led the team to their first NBA Finals appearance in 12 years.
Why then, you may ask, would the team trade one of those stars for a ball-dominant point guard who would take touches away from an MVP candidate (Tatum) and further complicate a floor general rotation that needs to send someone out rather than add another PG?
The Houdini has no earthly idea, but NBA Analysis Network still came out with a mock trade proposal that does all of the above and somehow makes the Cs give up several future draft selections to do so:
Atlanta Hawks Receive: G/F Jaylen Brown, F Danilo Gallinari, 2025 First-Round Pick (BOS), 2027 First-Round Pick (BOS)
Boston Celtics Receive: G Trae Young
The Boston Celtics are not a good trade destination for Trae Young
Trae Young in a Boston Celtics uniform is obviously a sight for sore eyes — who wouldn’t want someone who can hit shots from nearly any logo on the floor with career averages of 25.5/9/3.8 — but the likelihood it ever happens is low. At least for the next five years.
With Jayson Tatum locked down to a long-term deal and Jaylen Brown earning the max with his ever-improving play, the Atlanta Hawks would need to accept Marcus Smart and Robert Williams as the primary return in a potential trade. While Smart and Dejounte Murray would make an elite defensive backcourt, Atlanta doesn’t need Williams due to the presence of both Clint Capela Onyeka Okongwu.
If by 2027 the Cs decide to clear the deck around Tatum, or in a nightmare scenario, lose him to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Young possibility would be in play. A number of things would need to happen for that, though, and the Lubbock, Texas native would more likely want to stay in the south when he has the choice.
Chalk this possibility up as one as far out as the Hawks winning the NBA Championship with Young, Murray, and John Collins leading the charge.