The Boston Celtics have been in the conference finals five times in the last seven years but had to make moves this offseason in hopes of getting over the hump. They traded depth for top-end talent and currently have the best record in the NBA. The C’s will be tested over the lengthy season, but the trades look fantastic when everyone is healthy.
Boston needs at least one more trusted rotation player before the playoffs. They have arguably the best top-six in the NBA but need at least seven for the postseason. Payton Pritchard got his chance but has struggled mightily. Expect Boston to explore every avenue in upgrading their roster for the stretch run.
If the Celtics make a trade, players will have to go out to match salary. They will be over the second tax apron for the foreseeable future, so now is the time for Boston to add and finalize their contending roster. Who might the Celtics trade before the deadline?
5. Oshae Brissett
The Celtics signed Brissett to a two-year deal in the offseason. They hoped he could be a reserve wing behind Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown after the 25-year-old spent two seasons in the Pacers rotation. Brissett has been inconsistent, but there were flashes before joining the Celtics. Since coming to Boston, things have not gone as planned.
He has made two field goals in November. The 6'7 wing has only played in eight of the team’s first 18 games and has produced little when on the floor. Brissett is making the minimum and has a player option for next season. He will not be cut, but the Celtics would have no issues adding him to virtually any trade package that upgrades their roster.
Oshae Brissett is far from the only disappointing role player in Beantown, and the Celtics may try to package a couple to get a trusted rotation option before Feb. 8.