4 Boston Celtics that could be traded this season

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3. Luke Kornet

Kornet will have a chance to show what he can do as Kristaps Porzingis is out with a calf strain. The Celtics ruled the Unicorn out for one week, but calf injuries can be tricky and linger, so it is impossible to say how many games the 7’3 big man will miss.

Boston struggles to find room for Kornet with Porzingis and Horford healthy. They want to play small and maximize their top six players. Kornet has played in 12 of their first 18 games, but the minutes have been inconsistent. He is averaging 4.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in just 13.6 minutes per game on the season.

The 28-year-old put up 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.7 block each night in the three games that he has played over 19 minutes. The 7’2 big man has never averaged more than 17.0 minutes per game for a season, but he can be impactful in a limited role.

Luke Kornet is on a non-guaranteed deal that locks in on Jan. 10. He is making $2.4 million this season and becomes a free agent in the summer of 2024. The Boston Celtics would have no issues letting him go because Kornet would only be part of the playoff rotation if Porzingis or Horford is unable to play.

The Boston Celtics want to maximize their roster and trading Kornet could be a part of that.