The Boston Celtics didn’t wait long to shake up their roster after falling short in the NBA playoffs in the 2022-23 season.
Boston reportedly is trading reigning Sixth Man of the Year Award winner Malcolm Brogdon to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal that involves the Washington Wizards. In return, Boston will receive Wizards big man Kristaps Porzingis, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
This three-team deal is a big one for Boston, as it weakens the team’s guard depth but gives it a much needed scoring option up front.
With Robert Williams III dealing with injuries in recent seasons and Al Horford aging, Boston receives a big man that can score the ball at a high level. Porzingis is opting into his player option for the 2023-24 season to facilitate the deal.
This move certainly helps fix a weakness for Boston, but losing Brogdon means that Derrick White and Marcus Smart are the two primary guards on the roster – along with Payton Pritchard.
It also appears that Grant Williams’ time in Boston may be coming to an end as well. He is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.
Still, oddsmakers think this move is a good sign for Boston.
The Celtics have moved to +470 at FanDuel Sportsbook to win the NBA Finals and +500 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
The team is behind only the Denver Nuggets in the latest odds:
Celtics odds to win the NBA Finals in 2023-24 season
Kristaps Porzingis could help Celtics get back to NBA Finals
Porzingis finished the 2022-23 season averaging 23.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
He immediately boosts Boston’s frontcourt offense, and it should allow the team to play bigger lineups with Jayson Tatum at the small forward spot and Jaylen Brown at the two-guard.
While Porzingis is entering the final season of his contract by opting into this player option, Boston also acquires his Bird Rights in the deal – meaning the team can go over the cap next offseason to re-sign him.
Boston has lacked an inside presence in recent seasons with Williams being on the smaller side and not a huge offensive threat and Horford becoming more of a floor spacer.
Porzingis can score at all three levels, and he’s a solid shot blocker as well. His size alone makes the Celtics a much different team than they have been the last two seasons.
Boston – as long as it keeps Tatum and Brown together – is always going to be amongst the favorites to win the NBA Finals. Depending on how the rest of the offseason goes, the team could end up leapfrogging Denver in the odds.
Even at +470 or +500, Boston is one of the best bets on the board to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy next season.
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