3 Boston Celtics who could unexpectedly be traded if Cs blow Finals lead

2024 NBA Finals - Game Two
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Kristaps Porzingis suffering from an injury -- specifically, a torn medial retinaculum allowing dislocation of the posterior tibialis tendon -- was about as bad of news the Boston Celtics could've received ahead of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

The Celtics were rolling after a narrow Game 2 victory that saw them close out a close game but now face serious questions about their depth. Can Luke Kornet and Xavier Tillman provide the necessary minutes at the 5 to contend with the Dallas Mavericks' one-two punch of Daniel Gafford and Derrick Lively?

If not, and the Cs come close but don't come away with a cigar after the Finals, one would assume there could be radical shifts in the postseason.

Here are 3 Boston Celtics who could unexpectedly be traded if Cs blow Finals lead

If the Celtics were willing to trade a productive but oft-injured Robert Williams III from their frontcourt in the 2023 offseason, why wouldn't they consider dealing Porzingis after his injury would've turned the tide in the Mavericks' favor?

A Dallas win would have to make Brad Stevens feel like voodoo was put on him for trading Marcus Smart. It'd be an unpopular locker room move considering his close relationship with Jaylen Brown, but if his availability is shoddy, moving him would be the best way to keep Derrick White; who's been irreplaceable during this playoff run and is due an extension in the offseason.

If the choice comes down to Porzingis and White, and to reiterate, that choice is hypothetical and solely becomes a thing if and only if the Celtics blow their Finals lead and lose to the Mavs, White feels like he'd stick around because the best ability is availability.