5 Things Celtics must do before the trade deadline

The Celtics should be busy before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

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2. Add depth

The Celtics do not need another starter or foundational piece of their franchise. Jayson Tatum is one of the top ten players in the world. Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, and Jrue Holiday are proven All-Star caliber players. Derrick White is an unquestioned starter and elite defender. Al Horford is past his prime, but a crucial contributor to Boston’s success. It is an elite top-six that needs a few more pieces.

Sam Hauser is an elite shooter that head coach Joe Mazzulla trusts in his rotation. Teams will hunt him on defense, but the Celtics embrace that challenge. If teams want to switch up their entire game plan to go after Hauser, so be it. His shot-making helps, and the franchise can play someone else if Hauser is struggling in the postseason. 

Boston would love a couple more trusted options. Having another 6’6-plus wing as insurance would be a positive. Someone who could step into 30 minutes per game if the Celtics have an injury, but is comfortable playing 20 a night when everyone is healthy. Boston could look for another ball-handler or a backup big man to solidify their depth.

The Boston Celtics may hold firm at the trade deadline, but they should be searching for one crucial piece above all else.