Boston Celtics’ just-right trade package
This trade is an interesting trade for both the Boston Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies.
For the Celtics, they get the frontcourt and wing depth they desperately need. While Kennard isn’t a 3-and-D wing, he’s a fantastic three-point shooter who can do a bit of ball-handling and on-ball scoring as well. He’d make for a solid backup SG/SF for the C’s.
Steven Adams provides size, rebounding, and a veteran presence the Celtics could really use in the frontcourt, especially with Al Horford on the decline. He can also help alleviate Rob Williams, especially during the regular season.
For the Grizzlies, they could use more guard depth with the potential suspension of Ja Morant. Malcolm Brogdon is a great acquisition to keep them afloat while he’s held out and produce once Morant comes back.
Brogdon is a combo guard who can shoot, run the point, and play solid defense, making him a great fit as both a temporary Ja replacement and a potential starter next to Ja.
To replace the shooting and size they are losing in this trade, the Grizzlies get Danilo Gallinari in return as a veteran presence and solid bench option at the backup power-forward spot. Moving Adams also opens up spots for promising role players like Xavier Tillman and Brandon Clarke, two guys who can play as stretch fives.
Along with budding stud Jaren Jackson Jr. the Grizzlies could have four guys with size, versatility, and shooting in their frontcourt, perfect to surround a star like Ja who constantly attacks the basket.
This trade package feels like it makes sense for both teams. At the very least, if the value isn’t quite there, picks could be thrown in to make it work, whether that would mean second-rounders or heavily protected first-rounders.
Rotations After Trade
PG: White, Smart
SG: Brown, Pritchard
SF: Tatum, Kennard
PF: Grant, Horford
C: Rob, Adams
PG: Morant, Jones
SG: Brogdon, Konchar
SF: Bane, Williams
PF: JJJ, Gallo
C: Tillman, Clarke